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
5Church
Anson Restaurant
Babas on Cannon
Baker & Brewer
Basic Kitchen
Bay Street Biergarten
Brown’s Court Bakery
Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill
Butcher & Bee
Cannon Green
Carolina Yacht Club
Charleston Grill
Chasing Sage
Chez Nous
Chubby Fish
Circa 1886
College of Charleston: City Bistro, Liberty St. Fresh Foods, and Market 159
Cru Catering
The Daily
The Darling Oyster Bar
Dashi
Delaney Oyster House
The Dewberry
Edmund’s Oast
Edmund’s Oast Brewery Company
Edmund’s Oast Exchange
Estadio
FIG
Francis Marion Hotel 
Gale
goat.sheep.cow – North
The Green Heart Project
The Grocery
Handy + Hot
Hank’s Seafood
The Harbinger Café
Harken Cafe + Bakery
Harris Teeter – East Bay Street
Herd Provisions
High Wire Distilling Company
Home Team BBQ
The Honey Hive
Hotel Emeline
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
PPHG Banquets
Prohibition
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Renzo
Second State Coffee
Slightly North of Broad
Sorghum and Salt
Sugar Bakeshop
Ted’s Butcherblock
Tempest
The Vegetable Bin
The Vendue
Trident Technical College
Uncork Charleston
Verde – Downtown
Vintage Lounge
Wild Common
Xiao Biao Biscuit
Zero Restaurant + Bar

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

AMOR Healing Kitchen
Baguette Magic
Bar George
The Beach Club
Bishop Gadsden
Harris Teeter – Folly Beach
Harris Teeter – Folly Road
Harris Teeter – Harborview Road
Harris Teeter – Maybank Highway
Kwei Fei
La Tela Pizzeria
Low Tide Brewing
Seabrook Island Club
Storey Farms Table
Tattooed Senorita
Tollis Trattoria
Wild Olive

West Ashley

Avondale Wine + Cheese
Broom Wagon Coffee
Charles Towne Fermentory
Early Bird Diner
Emoji Poke
Frothy Beard Brewing Co.
Harris Teeter – Savannah Highway
The Gathering Cafe
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
Daniel Island Club

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
Home Team BBQ
The Kingstide
Long Island Cafe
The Obstinate Daughter
Post House Restaurant & Inn
Second State Coffee – Mount Pleasant 
Tidal Grounds Coffee
Whole Foods – Mount Pleasant

North Charleston, Goose Creek & Summerville

Abundant Seafood
Commonhouse Aleworks
Destiny Community Cafe
Guckenheimer at Google 

Holy City Brewing
JackRabbit Filly
Not by Bread Alone
Stems & Skin

State & Regional

4P Foods
Bonny Hall Plantation
Brays Island Plantation Colony
Bulls Bay Golf Club
Catawba Farm and Food Coalition
Freshlist
Happy Dirt
Johnson Family Farms
Lowcountry Leadership Charter School
Palmetto Pastures
Pawley’s Island General Store
Resident Culture Brewing Company
Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Trident United Way
Wando River Farm

Columbia

14 Carrot Whole Foods
Black Rooster
Bourbon
Curiosity Coffee Bar
F2T Productions & Catering
Fresh Lane – Aramark USC
Hampton Street Vineyard
Hendrix
Honey River Catering
Market on Main
Motor Supply Company
Primal Gourmet – West Columbia
Ratio
Sapori
The War Mouth
Twisted Spur Brewing
Whole Foods – Columbia

Greenville

Chef Jon Buck
Feed and Seed Co.
Fork and Plough
Foxcroft Wine Co.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe 
Whole Foods – Greenville

Hilton Head, Bluffton & Beaufort

Berkeley Hall Club
FARM Bluffton 
Frankie Bones – Bluffton 
Frankie Bones – Hilton Head 
Herban Market & Cafe
Lowcountry Fresh Market & Cafe
Nectar Farm Kitchen
Poseidon
Sea Pines Resort
Skull Creek Boathouse
Skull Creek Dockside
WiseGuys

Savannah

Ardsley Station
Back in the Day Bakery
Brighter Day Natural Foods Market
Common Thread
Cotton & Rye
The Fat Radish
The Grey
The Grey Market
HUSK – Savannah
Local 11ten Food & Wine
Loki Food Truck – Starland Yard
Nom Nom Poke Shop
Pizzeria Vittoria
The Sentient Bean

Mobile

Arbor Vitae Local Goods
Atlyss

Calabria’s Cooking
Cannonborough Beverage Company
Carya Pecan Milk
The Castejóns
Charleston Farm Fresh
Chef BJ Dennis
Chicken Fats
Concrete Eatz
Crystal Coast Seafood Truck
Dalai Sofia Ferments
The Drifter
Fields to Families
Green Lite Organics
Healthy Thyme Meals
Hudson Elebash
Humanities Foundation
Interactive Home Cooking
Indigenius Cuisine
Kenchi Ferments
The Lee Bros.
Life Raft Treats
Lowcountry Street Grocery
Lowcountry Street Grocery – Grocery Rx
Made to Taste
Nature and Nurture
One Love Kombucha
Porch Rockin’
Rosalie’s
Salthouse Catering
Simple Provisions
South Carolina State Head Start Association
Southern Keep
The Stone Soup Collective
Two Wild Roses Cafe & Bakery
Ultratruffle.com
Vibrant Alkaline Vegan Meals
Weltons Fine Foods


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[email protected] · 843.727.0091

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