These days most schools require students to do public service or peace projects. It’s a great way to teach them the importance of doing for others as well as what’s happening in the world around them. It can also be a great bonding experience for families.
Fresh Future Farm is a nonprofit run by Germaine Jenkins and her small staff. On a little less than an acre, the farm grows vegetables, fruits, chickens and bees. It’s all done chemical-free using permaculture. The holistic approach is fascinating. The atmosphere is charming. The eggs and produce are sold in a little store on site. All this is to provide healthy food in an area of North Charleston that hasn’t had a grocery store nearby in over a decade.
The farm operates throughout the year and to keep production going volunteers are welcome. Children are welcome with adults and volunteering is a great way to earn school credit on a family outing. Think fresh air and happy people making things grow. You’ll learn things you’ll want to try at home.
Every third Saturday of the month from 9AM to 12PM Karen Latsbaugh coordinates farm volunteers. Karen started Cities + Shovels which focuses on engaging kids to get outside in their schools and communities to explore, grow and learn about the different foods and plants that come from the gardens they help to cultivate. All skill levels are welcome. A novice can pull weeds, spread mulch or dig up potatoes. Gardeners and green thumbs can show off pruning and planting. You’ll work with volunteers from area schools, scout troops, service organizations and other families who make working the farm a frequent activity. Parents delight in watching kids being active outdoors and kids genuinely enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Check out Fresh Future Farm on Facebook to see all the exciting things going on. There are always events and volunteer days scheduled. Visit the farm at 2008 Success Street in North Charleston near the old Navy Base. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM.