Hunter Hopcroft



Michael has been a board member of Foodshed Capital since January 2020. He is an 11th generation American farmer and the 5th generation to farm on Carter Farms, a Century Farm located in Orange County, Virginia, where he gives workshops on how to grow and market ethnic vegetables. Michael works for Virginia State University, where he is the Small Farm Resource Center Coordinator for the Small Farm Outreach Program.

Michael also serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) and is the Virginia state coordinator for the Black Church Food Security Network (based in Baltimore, MD). He also serves as the Food Safety Coordinator for the six state Farm-to-Table organization. Michael earned an agricultural economics degree from North Carolina A&T State University and has worked in Ghana, Kenya, and Israel as an agronomist and organic agricultural consultant. As a cliometrician, curriculum developer, and program coordinator for his educational, cultural and vocational platforms, Hen Asem (Our Story) and Africulture, Michael teaches and expounds on the contributions of Africans and African Americans to agriculture worldwide. He also trains students, educators and professionals in African cultural understanding, empathy, and implicit bias recognition.