On Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Fresh Future Farm (2008 Success Street, North Charleston), representatives of Benedict College, Fresh Future Farm and The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project will announce a strategic partnership to offer an affordable, Agricultural Entrepreneurship Certificate Program. The organizations have joined forces to deliver a unique career pathway program for students interested in careers in agricultural management and ownership and adults already working in agricultural industries. The college level certificate program will be provided online by Benedict College with the practical, hands on experience for students, both in on-site practicums at Fresh Future Farm and virtually using video footage. The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project will provide subject matter expertise on Lowcountry agricultural history and culture for the project.
“We are thrilled about our new academic partnership with Fresh Future Farm and the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project,” said Dr. Roslyn Artis, President of Benedict College. “This collaboration will enable Benedict College to expand our reach in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and globally with innovative career pathway programming that will build into an interdisciplinary degree program. This certificate program, equivalent to an academic year of college credits, will give students more marketable career options especially within the rich agricultural history and landscape of the Lowcountry, the State of South Carolina, the Southern United States and beyond. The opportunity to have practical immersion and application at Fresh Future Farm, both locally and virtually makes the educational experience more impactful for learners.”
“Feeding South Carolinians is an $11 billion a year business and Fresh Future Farm is ecstatic for folks in underserved communities to have a short-term option for entry or advancement in the job market, or a career change,” said Germaine Jenkins, the farm’s founder, and CEO. “We are humbled to expand our farm, grocery, workforce development, and educational services to include academic programming.” “Many of the ancestral growing techniques we practice came from internet research so it’s gratifying to empower people to achieve their personal, educational and career goals in such an accessible manner.”
Jonathan Green, renowned, internationally recognized artist, Ambassador of the Arts for the City of Charleston and founder of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project stated, “I am so honored to lend the resources of our nonprofit to this collaboration. For years, the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project has supported the development of a scholarly literature review of topics that emanate from the cultivation of Rice in the Lowcountry region of the United States as a major cash crop that made Charleston the wealthiest city in the U.S. for over 100 years. Exposing students and working adults to this rich history in ways that can lead to them having more successful futures is a primary goal of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project.”
“I am grateful to both Benedict College and Fresh Future Farm for having the vision to embrace such a 21st Century approach to solving long term societal issues.”