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

 

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Find the Fork!

 

Downtown

167 Raw
167 Raw Sushi Bar
Anson Restaurant
Babas on Cannon
Babas on Meeting
Baker & Brewer
Basic Kitchen
Brown’s Court Bakery
Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill
Butcher & Bee
Cannon Green
Chasing Sage
Chez Nous
Chubby Fish
Church and Union
Circa 1886
College of Charleston: City Bistro and Liberty St. Fresh Foods
Cru Cafe
Cru Catering
The Daily
Delaney Oyster House
The Dewberry
Edmund’s Oast
Edmund’s Oast Exchange
Estadio
Fatty’s Beer Works
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
Harris Teeter – East Bay Street
Herd Provisions
High Wire Distilling Co.
Home Team BBQ
The Honey Hive
Huriyali Gardens
HUSK
Indaco
Lenoir
Little Palm Bar
Malagon
Melfi’s
Mercantile & Mash
Oak Steakhouse 
Off Track Ice Cream
The Ordinary
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 Pinch
The Vegetable Bin
The Vendue – Revival
The Tippling House
Trident Technical College
Undiscovered Charleston
Vern’s
Wild Common
Xiao Biao Biscuit
Zero Restaurant + Bar

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

AMOR Healing Kitchen
Bar George
The Beach Club
Blu Oyster Sushi + Seafood
Harris Teeter – Folly Beach
Harris Teeter – Harborview Road
Harris Teeter – Maybank Highway
Kwei Fei
La Tela Pizzeria
Low Tide Brewing
Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina
Storey Farms Table
Wild Olive

West Ashley

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
Harris Teeter – Chuck Dawley
Harris Teeter – Houston Northcutt
Harris Teeter – IOP Connector
Harris Teeter – Isle of Palms
Harris Teeter – Long Point Road
Harris Teeter – Route 41
Harris Teeter – Tea Planter Lane
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
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
Not by Bread Alone
Paddock and Whisky
Stems & Skin
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
Trident United Way

Columbia

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

Mobile

Atlyss
Beau and Brothers
The Castejóns
Charleston Farm Fresh
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
Weltons Fine Foods


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