Fresh Future Farm completed construction on its first crop tunnel on the .81 acre North Charleston urban farm last month. With guidance and cost share funding from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and technical support from Wilfred Pace & Associates and the Allendale Soil and Water Conservation Project the crop tunnel was constructed in less than a week. Staff, volunteers and some folks from King of Pops installed the greenhouse plastic.
Fresh Future Farm founder Germaine Jenkins and manager LaToya Clement are enthusiastic about the revenue opportunities and additional services the 1800 square foot tunnel will bring to the community. To christen the crop tunnel the farm will host a fundraiser, Black History in the Macon fundraiser.
Black History in the Macon will be held Sunday, February 11 from 2PM – 5PM. Guests will participate in a farm tour and learn about Chicora-Cherokee’s history of agriculture. Chef BJ Dennis will cook up Gullah goodness using farm raised hens, greens and herbs as a featured part of the meal. Beer and wine will also be served. Jazz singer Ann Caldwell will round out the afternoon with a mini concert. Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite, in person during store hours (Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-6PM) and at the door.
Fresh Future Farm’s mission is to empower people to eat and live better and Jenkins uses a multi-pronged approach to address health, wealth and quality of life issues in the heart of the Chicora-Cherokee community in North Charleston. Specialty food items are sold alongside basic groceries and dry goods. She grows chemical-free fruits and vegetables which are sold at peak freshness. Food waste is fed to worms, chickens or is composted (dual purpose hens and farm fresh eggs are coming back to the farm by the summer 2018). The farm’s grocery store accepts SNAP/EBT in addition to cash and debit cards. Those with food allergies and specialized diets, vegans and vegetarians are welcome.
For more information on the Black History in the Macon fundraiser and other Fresh Future Farm events (harvest meals, volunteer workdays, yoga) find the farm on Facebook and Instagram or call (843) 804-9091.