GrowFood Carolina

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

Project

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 400 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 Conservation 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. The hub has grown from marketing for 5 producers to more than 85, 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 $5.5 million to farmers.

 

How GrowFood Works

 

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Who is Growing It

Forx Farm
Fulgro Farm
Gallop Farm
Groves Manor Farm
Growing Green Family Farm
Harmony Ridge Farms
Heron Farms
Hickory Bluff Farm
Hickory Meadows Farm
Honeybee Hills Farm
Hokuwa Oyate Farm
Horsecreek Apiaries & Honey Farms
JBo Ranch
Kindlewood Farms
Kurios Farms
Ladson Farms
Lively Orchards
Lowcountry Creamery
Lowcountry Fungi
Lowland Farms
Mai’s Farm
Manchester Farms
MC Lee Farm
Monetta Asparagus Farm
Murdaugh Farms
Neal Johnson Organics
O. Freeman Farm
Old North Farm
Old Number 6 Farm
Old Tyme Bean Company
Orange Grove
Perez Farm
Perry Lowe Orchard
Rebecca Farms
Reverend Wilson Farm
Rheaberry Farms
Rooting Down Farms
Rosebank Farms
Round Top Farm
Sakhar Jams
Sea Island Citrus & Nut Farm
Shuler Farm
Silver Creek Orchard
Small City Farm
Split Creek Creamery
Summers Estates
Sylvan Farm
Timberwood Organics
TK Family Farm
Tuten Farms
Van Dessel Farms
Vertical Roots
W&R Farms
Wabi Sabi Farm
Watson Farms
Watsonia Farms
Westwood Hart
White House Farms
Wild Hope Farm
Wishbone Heritage Farms
Yaupon Farms

 

GrowFood Fork

Find the Fork!

 

Downtown

167 Raw Oyster Bar
167 Raw Sushi Bar
Anson Restaurant
Babas on Cannon
Babas on Meeting
Baker & Brewer
Bar 167
Basic Kitchen
Brown’s Court Bakery
Butcher & Bee
Cannon Green
Chasing Sage
Chez Nous
Chubby Fish
Church and Union
Circa 1886
College of Charleston: Catering and Liberty St. Fresh Foods
Cru Cafe
Cru Catering
The Daily
Delaney Oyster House
The Dewberry
Edmund’s Oast
Edmund’s Oast Exchange
Estadio
FIG
Francis Marion Hotel 
goat.sheep.cow – North
The Green Heart Project
The Grocery
Hank’s Seafood
The Harbinger Café
Harken Cafe + Bakery
Harold’s Cabin
Herd Provisions
High Wire Distilling Co.
Home Team BBQ
The Honey Hive
Huriyali Gardens
HUSK
Indaco
Island Provisions
Le Farfalle
Lenoir
Malagon
Melfi’s
Mercantile & Mash
Mills House Hotel
Oak Steakhouse 
Off Track Ice Cream
The Ordinary
Palmira BBQ
The Park Cafe
Peninsula Grill
Pink Bellies
Poogan’s Porch
Prohibition
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Renzo
Royal American
Rudy Royale
Second State Coffee
Slightly North of Broad
Sorghum and Salt
Sugar Bakeshop
Ted’s Butcherblock
Tempest
The Quinte Oyster House
The Vegetable Bin
The Vendue – Revival
The Tippling House
Undiscovered Charleston
Vern’s
Welton’s Tiny Bake Shop
Wild Common
Xiao Biao Biscuit
Zero Restaurant + Bar

James Island, Johns Island, Wadmalaw, Kiawah, Seabrook & Folly

Bar George
The Beach Club
Blu Oyster Sushi + Seafood
Coastal Crust Pizza
Kwei Fei
La Tela Pizzeria
Low Tide Brewing
Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina
The Ocean Room at Kiawah 
Storey Farms Table
Wild Olive

West Ashley

Bearcat
Broom Wagon Coffee
Charles Towne Fermentory
Early Bird Diner
Emoji Poke
The Farm at Middleton Place
Harris Teeter – Savannah Highway
The Gathering Cafe
Pink House
Ryan White Wellness Center
Whole Foods – West Ashley

Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, IOP & Daniel Island

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
Blend Juice Bar
Crave Kitchen & Cocktails
Home Team BBQ – North Mt. Pleasant
The Kingstide
Locals Raw
Local Jo’s Natural Foods
The Longboard – Sullivan’s Island
Long Island Cafe
The Obstinate Daughter
OPIE Grocery Station
Oystercatcher Restaurant & Bar
New Realm Brewing
Post House Restaurant & Inn
Second State Coffee – Mount Pleasant 
Sullivan’s Fish Camp
Tidal Grounds Coffee
Whole Foods – Mount Pleasant

North Charleston, Goose Creek & Summerville

Annie Mae’s Pies
Commonhouse Aleworks
Destiny Community Cafe
JackRabbit Filly
Mulberry Farm
Not by Bread Alone
Paddock and Whisky
Snafu Brewing Company
Three Sirens
Wich Cream

State & Regional

4P Foods
Brays Island Plantation Colony
Catawba Farm and Food Coalition
Fenway’s FARMacy
Freshlist
Happy Dirt
Palmetto Pastures
Pawley’s Island General Store

Columbia

14 Carrot Whole Foods
Black Rooster
Bourbon
Curiosity Coffee Bar
F2T Productions & Catering
Hampton Street Vineyard
Hendrix
Honey River Catering
Market on Main
Motor Supply Company
Sakhar Jams
SmallSUGAR
Uncle Willie’s Grocery
USC – Fresh Greene’s
The War Mouth
Whole Foods – Columbia

Greenville

Fork and Plough
Foxcroft Wine Co.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe

Hilton Head, Bluffton & Beaufort

Berkeley Hall Club
Blacksheep
FARM Bluffton 
Hampton Hall Club
Lowcountry Fresh Market & Cafe
Nectar Farm Kitchen
Nectar Farm Kitchen – Bluffton
Parish Church Community Fellowship Market
Sea Pines Resort
Skull Creek Dockside
WiseGuys

Savannah

1540 Room
Ardsley Station
Back in the Day Bakery
Brighter Day Natural Foods Market
Common Thread
Cotton & Rye
The Drayton Hotel
JW Marriott Plant Riverside
The Garage at Victory North
The Grey
The Grey Market
HUSK – Savannah
Local 11ten Food & Wine
Nom Nom Poke Shop
Pizzeria Vittoria
Repeal 33
The Sentient Bean
Thompson Hotel

Mobile

Atlyss
Aquarian Catering
The Castejóns
Dine Sol-Eir
Fields to Families
Futnuss
Girl Nextdough
Green Lite Organics
Harvest to Highchair
Heritage Kitchen
Humanities Foundation
Interactive Home Cooking
Indigenius Cuisine
Iron Clay Catering
Life Raft Treats
Lowcountry Street Grocery
Lowcountry Street Grocery – Grocery Rx
Nature and Nurture
Simple Provisions
South Carolina State Head Start Association
The Stone Soup Collective
Ultratruffle.com
Vibrant Alkaline Vegan Meals
Welton’s Fine Foods


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