SeamonWhiteside, a leading landscape architecture and civil engineering firm, is extending its longstanding partnership with The Green Heart Project in support of the nonprofit’s most ambitious project to date—the Urban Farm at Enston Home.
SeamonWhiteside has pledged $50,000 in design services to the project and invites the corporate community in the Charleston area to join in support of the project through in-kind and financial donations.
“The SeamonWhiteside team is proud to support The Green Heart Project and we welcome our corporate and community partners to join in support of this legacy project that will have a lasting impact on our community,” said Gary Collins, managing principal, SeamonWhiteside. “A project of this scale is a true community effort, and there are many ways to get involved from volunteering to donation of materials and financial support.”
The farm, located at the historic Enston Home property at 900 King Street in downtown Charleston, will serve as a central venue for farm-to-school and outdoor education, youth development, healthy food access and community building. 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. SeamonWhiteside created the original design for the Urban Farm in collaboration with the community and other project stakeholders.
A partner of The Green Heart Project since 2014, SeamonWhiteside and its staff have been involved in supporting the organization, which is focused on education, healthy food and community, in multiple ways. The firm and its staff have been involved in building previous school gardens, providing in-kind design services and have had members of their team sit on the board of The Green Heart Project including Michael Cain currently.
“In our tenth year, we’re thrilled to launch our biggest project yet and to have the support of partners such as SeamonWhiteside,” said Jesse Blom, Green Heart’s executive director. “The Urban Farm will have a lasting impact on the surrounding community by providing healthy food and activities for neighborhood residents, hands-on education for students at surrounding schools, and a vibrant green space in the Upper Peninsula of Charleston for current and future generations to enjoy."
To date, Green Heart has raised more than 50 percent of its $2.1 million goal to fund the project to sustainability over the next five years. Once finalized, it’s estimated the urban farm will yield approximately 3,000 pounds of produce available to the community and school programs. Long term goals include an upper peninsula farmers market and events hosted at the on-site pavilion and farm stand.
For more information on how to get involved or support the Urban Farm at Enston Home, please contact Gary Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jesse Blom, email@example.com.
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