GrowFood Carolina

The Coastal Conservation League launched GrowFood Carolina, the state’s first local food hub, in 2011.

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GrowFood Carolina


The Conservation League started its Food and Agriculture program in 2007 with the goal of protecting South Carolina’s small, family farms. Between 1992 and 1997, more than 200 acres of rural land were converted every day to urban uses, placing South Carolina in the top ten states in the nation for rural land loss. We quickly realized that small farmers lacked access to the infrastructure available to industrial farms, and were therefore unable to say “no” when a developer offered to buy their land. The League saw a food hub as critical to our work protecting rural landscapes and improving quality of life across the coastal plain.

The objective of GrowFood is to tap into the existing assets of small-scale agriculture to help create a stronger rural economy, spurring job creation, and building capacity in rural communities by connecting farm businesses to the thriving local food movement. The resurgence of small-scale agriculture presents a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the rural economy. Increased agricultural production leads to increased economic activity, and allows farmers to stay on their land for generations to come.

GrowFood officially opened its doors in 2011 at a warehouse in downtown Charleston. Over the past four years, the hub has grown from marketing for 5 producers to more than 75, all in the state of South Carolina. GrowFood provides local farmers the sales, marketing, logistics, warehousing and distribution functions they need and that previously have been available only to large-scale industrial farms. Wholesale customers range from restaurants all over metropolitan Charleston, to Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and the College of Charleston. Since its opening, GrowFood has returned almost $5 million to farmers.

 

How GrowFood Works

 

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Who is Growing It

 

Anson Mills
Bates Farm
Beards Farm
Black Pearl Farms
Branches Farms
Brant Family Farm
Brewton Plantation
Brickyard Point Farms
Bulls Bay Saltworks
Burbage Farms
Burden Creek Farm
Busy Boys Farm
C-Breeze Farm
Cannon Farm
CARE Farm
Carolina Plantation
Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse
City Roots
Clemson University Student Organic Farm
Compost In My Shoe
Crescent Farms
Cypress Hill Farm
Dogwood Citrus Farm
Dotson Farms
DMF Farms
Eastover Nut Farm
Farm 418
Fort Farms
Fresh Lowcal
Gallop’s Farm
Groves Manor Farm
Henry Farms
Hickory Bluff Farms
Hickory Hill Milk
High House Farm
Hokuwa Oyate Farm
Holy City Farms
Home Sweet Farm
Horsecreek Honey Farms
Island Tomato Growers
James Long Jr Farm
Kurios Farms
Ladson Farm
Lavington Farms
Lowcountry Creamery
Lowland Farms
Manchester Farms
Maple Ridge Farm
Meadows Mushrooms
Middleton Place Organic Farm
Monetta Asparagus Farm
Murdaugh Farms
Old McDonald Farms
Old Tyme Bean Company
Orange Grove Plantation
Rebecca Farms
Red Rooster Organics
Rosebank Farms
Sandy Hill Organic Farms
Saw Mill Pond Vineyard
Scots Burn Forest Farms
Sea Island Citrus & Nut Farm
Sea Island Farm
Second Harvest Farm
Sheldon Farms
Shuler Farm
Solio Family Farms
Spade & Clover Gardens
Split Creek Creamery 
Sweet Blues Farm
Third Day Farms
Three Sisters Farm
Three Sons Farm
Tic Toc Mushrooms
Tuten Farms
Vertical Roots Farm
Wabi Sabi Farm
Watsonia Farms
Willard Farms
Williams Vineyards & Farms
WW Kirven Farms
Yaupon Farms

 

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Contact Us

info@growfoodcarolina.com · 843.727.0091

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