Fresh Future Farm Awarded Grant To Help Fund its “Cooking Up Community Economic Development” Project

Sarah Pinson (SCACED) and Germaine Jenkins (Fresh Future Farm)

As part of its Healthy Insights Initiative, the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) has awarded four grants of $25,000 each to organizations across the state connecting health with community economic development. Fresh Future Farm received the grant allocated to the Lowcountry region.

The Healthy Insights Initiative demonstrates how public data can be used to guide initiatives that improve the health of and promote healthy lifestyles in South Carolina’s communities. Each community is unique, and upfront data analysis helps illustrate how and where funds should be directed to support projects that address the health challenges a particular community faces.

Fresh Future Farm received a grant to help fund its “Cooking Up Community Economic Development” project. In an effort to fulfill its mission to leverage urban agriculture to create socially just economic development, Fresh Future Farm will partner with the Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) and others to design and build a mobile DHEC certified kitchen incubator. This incubator, primarily located at FFF’s location in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston, will allow FFF to extend the shelf life of its produce and herbs, create and sell value added products, and train area food entrepreneurs to use the kitchen and grow their businesses. They will work with North Charleston and DHEC officials as well as architects to create a kitchen that can be reproduced in any part of the state.

The following three organizations also received grant funding through Healthy Insights: Chester County Literacy Council (Midlands region), A Father’s Place (Pee Dee region), and Mill Community Ministries (Upstate region).

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