Growing the quality of life our neighbors deserve.
Our farm is located in the heart of the Chicora/Cherokee neighborhood. The residents are our neighbors. We prioritize them in all aspects of our work. We purposely create a welcoming, safe, inspiring space filled with shiny groceries, friendly faces, and art that celebrates the history of the space we steward. Our neighbors get first access to the Farm’s produce, eggs, and value-added products. Our sliding scale grocery store model allows each resident to define what affordable groceries mean to them.
Substance abuse is exacerbated by the prevalence of liquor stores in low-wealth communities, so we do not sell alcohol or cigarettes. Exposing the challenges people have as a means to garner support is exploitative. You will not see our neighbors' faces used during our fundraising campaigns unless we are celebrating how they enrich our work.
We aim for sustainability in all meanings of the term. We recognize the capacity of our staff to complete work and honor that. We offer x hours of paid time off and close every day at 12 for a 1-hour break. We center natural, irrigation-free growing practices by using limited inputs to grow nutrient-dense food. We focus on soil health through sheet-mulching and building raised beds that are also mulched.
While permaculture and organic growing practices are popular, we know that many popular techniques derive from ancestral wisdom. We honor and prioritize that wisdom over institutional thinking. Additionally, many of the crops and growing methods we highlight would not be here without the skills and knowledge of West African and Gullah peoples. Our work serves as a solution to food apartheid (access without control).
Keeping Money Local
Our goal is to keep dollars in the Chicora/Cherokee neighborhood. We hire our employees and strive to amplify business in the area. Because we know that folks are aware of how to solve their problems, we train our employees to become entrepreneurs that tackle these challenges.