In Gabriel’s and Tamita’s story, it’s the chicken that comes before the egg.
They moved to Crawford, GA, and one day, Tamita purchased a chicken at the local market. “From there, it blossomed into an actual business,” she explains.
Tamita is from Saint Elizabeth Parish, known as the breadbasket of Jamaica. “My parents are farmers. I grew up in farming,” she says. “I knew I wanted to grow my own stuff and replicate what I had in Jamaica.”
Gabriel’s call of the wild came after a few years of working an office job. Before long, he was craving an “opportunity to be outside and work outside.”
He found it with Caribe United Farm.
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Gabriel and Tamita are grateful for what they’ve created for themselves in Georgia. “We come from countries where there are not many opportunities,” Gabriel says. “You tend to work for somebody, the government, or a private company. I wanted to be the owner of something.”
It’s cliche, but it’s true: Caribe United Farm is their version of the American Dream. Gabriel continues, “You have the opportunity here to build your own company. If you are good of your own merits, you can be successful.”
So far, so good. Gabriel and Tamita sell their products at the local market, and they say that feedback from customers is great. “You have to convince people to invest in you and your company,” Gabriel says. “You have to educate customers.”
For now, Caribe United Farm is a family business on a plot of land, but it stands for so much more. “We carry a heavy weight,” Tamita says. “Minorities are so few in farming. We have a motivation to prove that we can do it.”
Because if they can prove that they can make a living from it, they say, then they can convince others to follow in their footsteps. “As minorities, we are representing our communities within the industry,” Gabriel says. “We are trying to get economic independence.”