Donovan Watson is a lifelong resident of Durham County, a business owner, and a farmer. After taking over the daily operations of his family’s produce market, Donovan modernized and scaled the market’s operations to prepare and adapt to changes in consumer preference. Now, Donovan is running for Commissioner of Agriculture because he is concerned about the state’s ability to proactively plan for changing agricultural conditions in North Carolina.
Donovan got involved with the family’s produce market in grade school through helping his grandfather with purchasing at the State Farmers Market. His experience building relationships with farmers from across the state taught him how essential small farms are to maintaining the state’s agricultural system. Now as a business owner, Donovan has developed strong relationships with suppliers and distributors across the state to understand the best ways to get our agricultural products from the farm to the fork.
As a proud North Carolina farmer, Donovan knows that North Carolina agriculture has a sturdy foundation and immense potential. But fewer of North Carolina’s youth are choosing agriculture, our changing climate is harming our crops, and multigenerational family farms are increasingly difficult to operate. Donovan believes that we need proactive and forward-thinking solutions to these problems.
If you believe that North Carolina Agriculture needs a fresh face that is fighting for the people of North Carolina then stand with Donovan Watson for NC Commissioner of Agriculture on March 3rd.