Copyright 2014. George Washington Carver Food Research Institute. All Rights Reserved.

Colette Granger 

Director of Education


Dr. Ian Blount

Director of Policy 


GWCFRI showed me how to be a better student and how to eat healthy.

~Derrick, 11th grade  


  • Paying homage to George Washington Carver, we teach youth and adults about sustainable  gardening, S.T.E.A.M., business, and personal development skills
  • Uses food as a platform to research & demonstrate scientific concepts and researched-based tools applicable in  everyday life- in & beyond the classroom
  • Empowers families with the knowledge and tools in making more informed choices about nutrition, exercise, and creative expression.
  • Partners with other passionate individuals and organizations who TRULY care about empowering youth & families.
  • A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by two women business executives- uses our passion for education, healthy food, and sustainability as a way to give back to our hometown
  • Provides enrichment camps, instructional teaching & coaching, professional and personal development, and food knowledge 

Our Pillars

At GWCFRI, we fulfill our prophecy by planting and harvesting the seeds of each individual's mind with a superb education, a profound understanding, and a green thumb.

About Us

Allyson P. Sharp

Executive Director

Angela N. Cauley

Board President


About Us

With special thanks to Briana, 11th grade and Gabbi, 8th grade and all the people who helped make this possible! 


Our Mission

Our Leadership Team

Cynthia Cooper

Lead Researcher 


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you would have been all of these.

~George Washington Carver


The GWCFRI incorporate four pillars in our endeavors. 


  • Education
  • Entrepreneurialship
  • Health & Wellness
  • Workforce & International Economic Development 

The mission of the George Washington Carver Food Research Institute is to transform the mind, body and spirits of families living in low-income food deserts. We are scientists, educators, business leaders & entrepreneurs, and health & wellness professionals partnering with families to apply Food & Agricultural, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics to the issues of food  and economic instability, as well as to obesity, malnutrition, and hunger.