The Virginia Peanut Story


screening and discussion

Food & Community  •  Grants

Slover Library Room 650

235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA, 23510

We’re pleased to join WHRO along with Producer-Director, Amy Drewry in presenting this free public screening of The Virginia Peanut Story. This 57-minute film follows the peanut from its origins in South America to Africa and on to the Virginia Colony. The story takes the legume from being a lowly food grown for home use to being the basis for big businesses.

The story includes George Washington Carver whose inventions made peanut farming more efficient. Amedeo Obici, an Italian immigrant who made a big splash in the business world with his Planters Peanuts, is part of the story too.

At the heart of the story are the farmers – old and young- who acknowledge that farming is hard and unpredictable.  However, they love farming and truly love the land.  It’s all part of the Virginia Peanut Story.

The documentary is made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.