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About CISC

The CISC unapologetically assists small, socially & historically disadvantaged, underserved, beginning, women and veteran farmers, ranchers, landowners, and related cooperatives and communities. The Center functions in the tradition of George Washington Carver as a regional, national, and international resource in developing and sharing holistic, earth, farmer, and consumer-friendly agricultural and food innovations; with specific activities including research, education, and service.

The Carver Integrative Sustainability Center will contribute to the small farmer, rancher, forest landowner, and community by 1) increasing profitability of food/fiber related enterprises, 2) conserving the quality and quantity of resources (natural, capital, and human), 3) increasing access to healthy/nutritious products and lifestyles, and 4) increase the participation of minority groups in communities in local, state, and government processes that govern their growth, maintenance, and ultimately their quality of life.

Tuskegee University is a top ranked HBCU!

What We Do

The CISC empowers farmers, ranchers, and communities of all sizes to meet the challenges they face, adapt to changing technology, improve nutrition and food safety, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and protect our environment.

Who We Are

The Tuskegee Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Tuskegee University. You will find the CISC as a major contributor to Extension.

How We Work

We have been in the partnership business for a century to secure private partnerships and deliver programs. We receive funding and resources from the following: federal, state, and county appropriations, federal grants, and county donations of office space and utilities. Private, corporate and foundation gifts and grants also provide critical support for Extension programs

What We Believe

University faculty members, disciplinary experts translate science-based research results into written, verbal, and electronic language appropriate for targeted audiences. County-based educators work with local citizens and interest groups to solve problems, evaluate the effectiveness of learning tools, and collect grassroots input from prioritizing future research. By living and working in communities, county educators can rely on existing relationships to respond to local needs, build trust, and engage effectively with citizens.

132nd Farmers Conference Recap

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CISC Magazine Issue II

Our theme for this issue is Re-Issue! Springtime is a time of regeneration, resurrection, renewal, and restoration.

a vintage photo of George Washington Carver holding a sign posing for the camera


George Washington Carver was one of the best-known African-Americans of the early 20th century. He believed it was important to develop practical farming methods to help poor farmers learn to be self-sufficient. He was interested in both art and science and became a prominent botanist and teacher. Always modest about his success, he saw himself as a vehicle through which nature, God, and the natural bounty of the land could be better understood and appreciated for the good of all people.

Dr. Carver took a holistic approach to knowledge, which embraced faith and inquiry in a unified quest for truth. Carver also believed that commitment to a Larger Reality is necessary if science and technology are to serve human needs rather than the egos of the powerful.

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The CISC is a part of Tuskegee University’s College of Agriculture Environment and Nutrition Science.

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1327 Franklin Rd. Tuskegee Inst, AL 36088

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