On January 15, Fresh Future Farm completed construction on its first crop tunnel on the .81 acre North Charleston urban farm. With guidance and cost share funding from NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) and technical support from Wilfred Pace & Associates and the Allendale Soil and Water Conservation Project, the crop tunnel was constructed in less than a week.
Staff, volunteers (and a few fellas from King of Pops) joined in to install the greenhouse plastic. Germaine Jenkins and LaToya Clement (FFF’s CEO and farm manager respectively) are enthusiastic about the revenue opportunities and additional services the 1800 square foot tunnel will bring to the community.
To christen the crop tunnel, the farm will host a ‘Black History in the Macon’ fundraiser. On Sunday, February 11 from 2 – 5 pm, guests will participate in a farm tour and learn about Chicora-Cherokee’s history of agriculture. Chef BJ Dennis will cook up Gullah goodness using farm raised hens, greens and herbs as a featured part of the meal. Jazz singer Ann Caldwell will round out the afternoon with a mini concert.
Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite, in person during store hours (Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm) and at the door. Participants will also receive a limited-edition tee along with complimentary beer and wine.
About Fresh Future Farm
Fresh Future Farm uses a multi-pronged approach to address health, wealth and quality of life issues in the heart of the Chicora-Cherokee community of North Charleston, SC. This black female-led urban ag operation feels more like an old-fashion country store than a nonprofit. Each customer receives a warm welcome and soon becomes a friend. Specialty food items catering to food allergies, vegan and vegetarian diets are sold alongside basic groceries and dry goods. Their grocery store accepts SNAP (EBT) in addition to cash and debit cards. Few places can boast that store brand products are produce grown right outside the door. The farm grows chemical-free fruits and vegetables sold at peak freshness. Any food waste is fed to worms, chickens or is composted. The hens lay the best tasting eggs in Charleston County. Dual purpose hens and farm fresh eggs are coming back to the farm by the summer 2018.