Green Heart Project Announces Capital Campaign in Support of New Urban Farm Project in Downtown Charleston

Charleston, SC - The Green Heart Project, a local nonprofit focused on education, healthy food and community, is officially launching its biggest capital project to date—the Urban Farm at Enston Home. The farm will serve as a central venue for farm-to-school and outdoor education, youth development, healthy food access and community building.

“I believe youth development and education set the roots from which we all grow as a community,” said Karalee Nielsen Fallert, local restaurateur and Green Heart co-founder and board member. “I’m proud to personally invest in this campaign, and encourage others to become part of creating a resource for our community for generations to come.”

With 12 existing school partnerships throughout the Charleston area, the new downtown urban farm will be a legacy project for the organization as it marks its 10th anniversary this year. The farm will serve the community on a larger scale, bringing together three surrounding schools—James Simons Elementary, Charleston Catholic School and Charleston Math & Science—as well as the downtown community and Enston Home residents, engaging 6,500 people annually.


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“In our tenth year, we’re thrilled to launch our biggest project yet. One that not only continues our existing school educational programs but brings the community together on a larger scale,” said Jesse Blom, Green Heart’s executive director. “Carrying out William Enston’s vision, the farm will provide green space and a place to gather for all.”

The planning process began after a partnership was formed in 2017 with the Charleston Housing Authority to secure the site. Green Heart then worked with long time partner SeamonWhiteside (SW+), a leader of environmentally conscious, low-impact advancements in engineering and site design, to gather community feedback and create the initial plans for the urban farm. The organization is aiming for a groundbreaking in November as part of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring.


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