Kiawah River, a new waterfront community just outside of Charleston on Johns Island, is partnering with Lowcountry Local First (LLF) to help cultivate its on-site 100-acre working farm and promote stewardship of the land, one of the core missions of Kiawah River.
As a 2,000-acre property, Kiawah River is committed to protecting the wildlife and the land in the community. By leaving 50 percent of the property as open space, the Kiawah River community will promote outdoor living, including its working farm. Partnering with local nonprofit Lowcountry Local First will allow the two organizations to help create a stronger sea islands community for Johns Island and support local independent businesses and farmers.
“We are excited to work with a local organization whose values align so strongly with ours,” said Carter Redd, executive director for Kiawah River. “Partnering with Lowcountry Local First will help us promote a farm-to-table lifestyle where our residents can enjoy being outside and active while also giving back to their local sea islands community.”
Kiawah River began working with Lowcountry Local First in 2016 by utilizing their expertise to craft a community fit for future urban living centered on farming. After extensively interviewing both developers and farmers across the country at similar communities, Lowcountry Local First offered Kiawah River a proposal with best tips and practices for using the site’s 100-acre farm and designing a community around it.
In addition to helping with plans for the community, Jamee Haley, executive director with LLF, will also serve as the farm and local advocacy consultant for the community and assist in Kiawah River’s future farming endeavors. Kiawah River is a sponsor of Lowcountry Local First’s Growing New Farmers Program, a hands-on training program focused on farm production and business planning.
“I can’t wait to see what Kiawah River does for the sea islands community,” said Haley. “Kiawah River can be a place where residents have a new appreciation for where their food comes from and for those who grow it. It can be a place for learning what each season has to offer, how to care for the soil and the joy and simplicity of cooking with ingredients harvested just steps away from their front door.”
To learn more about Kiawah River, visit www.kiawahriver.com or call the sales office at 843.277.3023.