South Carolina Community Loan Fund’s Healthy Food Retail Business Plan Challenge was the catalyst for turning Germaine Jenkin’s small edible landscaping business, Urban Veggucation, into a broader reaching urban farm and market project that seeks to produce healthy food and job opportunities in the middle of a food desert.
Growing Power’s Commercial Urban Agriculture staff gave her the hands-on training and confidence to manage a profitable farming business. Having Growing Power’s support has been a huge help in building momentum for Fresh Future Farm.
Germaine has also won support from Mayor Summey and North Charleston District 10 City Councilman Michael Brown. Mayor Summey’s team has even identified a suitable location for the farm. Our next step is to get North Charleston City Council approval and the zoning changes needed to turn this idea into a bona fide urban farm.
Our first presentation to City Council is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 8th at 7 pm.
Please come out and support our efforts!