CAROLINA ORGANIZATIONS

 

Organizations

Ace Basin Growers

https://www.acebasingrowers.com/

ACE Basin Growers is a nonprofit with a two pronged mission to assist local farmers in being more successful and to get fresh fruits and vegetables to people with limited access in rural communities and food deserts. ACE Basin Growers is an organization 501 c3 established to operate as a food hub for agricultural producers in the Edisto River watershed and ACE Basin Counties of South Carolina. The entity was formed  by the Center for Food Marketing and Agribusiness through the efforts of  the Small Business Development Center and SC State School of Business funded by USDA/NIFE. Any Agricultural Producer is eligible to be a member of ACE Basin Growers.  There are no fees. Producer grants available: https://www.acebasingrowers.com/farm-grants


ACRE (Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship)

https://acre-sc.com/

ACRE is made up of six areas of emphasis: research initiatives; entrepreneurship center; agribusiness development grants; SC Farm Link; policy; and local food and logistics.


Axiom Farm Cooperative

https://www.axiomfarmscoop.org/

803-397-4065

Contact: info@axiomfarmscoop.org

A cooperative of farmers and businesses that work together to bring consumers quality products and services. Provide education on products to retail businesses and consumers, and education/training for farmers.


Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Mailing Address: PO Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Physical Address: 287 East St. Suite 421, Pittsboro, NC 27312

919-542-2402 (fax) 919-542-7401

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to help people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture.

Specialties: Feasibility assessment, market channel development, business planning assistance, investment/lending matching, food safety plan support, product sourcing assistance, legal structure guidance.


Catawba Farm and Food Coalition

https://www.catawbafarmandfood.org/

Supports the development of a secure and sustainable food system in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, and York counties and the Catawba Indian Nation. Catawba operates an Agribusiness Center which includes a commercial kitchen, food hub, online farmers market, and supports the local farmers market in Chester.


Center for Heirs Property Preservation

https://www.heirsproperty.org/

1535 Sam Rittenberg Blvd # D, Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 745-7055

Protects heirs’ property and promotes its sustainable use to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families.


Coastal Organic Growers

www.coastalorganicgrowers.org

Coastal Organic Growers is an organization of member farms who want to meet the demand for local organic produce and specialty crops in the southeast. COG is committed to providing consumers in the coastal Georgia, middle Georgia, and South Carolina Lowcountry with food that is naturally dense in nutrients and of the highest quality. Member Farms use sustainable and organic production methods.


Community Food Strategies

https://communityfoodstrategies.com/

A multi-organizational team of food systems experts that provides leadership and technical support to communities interested in food council development across North Carolina through strategies like community engagement, strategic planning, organizational development, adult education, academic research, systems thinking, dynamic facilitation experience, and community food systems strategy.


Charleston Permaculture Guild

www.charlestonpermaculture.org

Contact: charlestonpermacultureguild@gmail.com

The Charleston Permaculture Guild is a group of individuals, businesses, and organizations learning, teaching and implementing permaculture in and around Charleston. The purpose of the group is to connect like-minded individuals with shared values and interests and create a collaborative environment for helping steward our community on a healthy, sustainable, and regenerative path. The Guild’s programs and activities involve social meetings, workshops, film screenings, webinars, field trips, work parties, and online engagement.


Clemson University- College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences

www.clemson.edu/cafls

Clemson University, 142 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

864-656-3303 (fax) 864-656-3304

The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences’ ability to understand and manipulate the very molecular structure of biological systems offers immense potential to improve the world, whether it is to improve foods, building products, the environment, or human health. The program provides expertise to: produce more food on a shrinking globe; package environmentally sound products; grow better foods to prevent heart disease; increase timber production and provide new fuel; develop businesses and promote a “green” society.


Clemson University Cooperative Extension

www.clemson.edu/extension

Find your local county office at http://www.clemson.edu/extension/county/index.html

The national Cooperative Extension Service engages citizens to improve economic development and quality of life by delivering research-based information in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and nutrition, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development. South Carolina Cooperative Extension is based at the state’s two land-grant institutions — Clemson University and South Carolina State University. Clemson Extension agents are located in all 46 counties and at the university's five Research and Education Centers.


Clemson University New & Beginning Farmer Program

www.scnewfarmer.org or https://www.facebook.com/SCNBFP

The SC New and Beginning Farmers program (SCNBFP) is focused on enabling new and beginning farmers to be successful, productive, and innovative members of their local agricultural community by providing them with the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs; sound business managers; exemplary stewards of SWAPA (soil, water, air, plants, and animals), and successful marketers of the unique products they create; and perhaps most importantly, individuals who have a sense of pride and quality of life as a result of their investment and participation in the agricultural community of South Carolina.


Clemson University - Sustainable Agriculture Program

www.clemson.edu/sustainableag

E143 Poole Building, 130 McGinty Court, Clemson, SC 29634

864-656-6644

The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program offers sustainable agriculture training and outreach services with support from Clemson Extension and the USDA Southern region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs. Priority areas for training are determined by stakeholders through annual public open forum and advisory committee meetings. The program advisory committee is comprised of farmers, 1862 and 1890 Extension personnel, governmental agency and NGO representatives, and others with an interest in sustainable agriculture development. Past meeting minutes and a prioritized list of the current year's training needs, determined by the Advisory Committee, can be found here.


Clemson School & Community Gardening

https://www.clemson.edu/extension/school-gardening

School Gardening for SC Educators is a horticulture-based training program designed to help South Carolina educators grow successful school gardens to address childhood obesity and improve academic outcomes. The program includes Low cost online training, Technical support, Hands-on workshops, and educational materials to help school and community gardens increase their capacity for gardening with youth.


College of Charleston - Office of Sustainability

http://sustainability.cofc.edu/

284 King St. Rm. 206, Charleston, SC 29401

843-953-7352

A hub for teaching, research, and practice of sustainability on campus and in the greater Charleston community. The Office of Sustainability strives to provide opportunities for the College of Charleston community to apply their acquired knowledge towards the development of sustainable, multi-scale solutions.


Commissioner’s School for Agriculture

www.clemson.edu/cafls/sccsa/

Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634

888-472-5433

The Commissioner's School for Agriculture is an academic summer program coordinated by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. The Commissioner's School for Agriculture is a week-long, summer residential program held on Clemson University’s campus. Participants are students entering their junior and senior years of high school. These students are interested in pursuing college coursework related to the agricultural and natural resources majors at Clemson.

The SCCSA uses a broad, interdisciplinary curriculum to aid participants in exploring dynamic opportunities, related college majors, and professional careers related to the agriculture and natural resource industries. Program participants are actively involved in exciting field and lab based experiences.


Growfood Carolina

https://www.coastalconservationleague.org/projects/growfood/

131 Spring Street Charleston, SC 29403

843.723.8035

Uses the assets of small scale agriculture to help create a stronger rural economy by connecting farm businesses to the local food movement.


Lowcountry Local First

www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org

1630-2 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29405

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) advocates the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of local-independent businesses and farmers. The Eat Local initiative is designed to grow and support local food systems by connecting local farms, producers, and apprentices to local restaurants, institutions and people who want farm fresh foods. LLF offers a variety of education, outreach, and apprenticeship programs.


Midlands Local Food Collaborative

https://www.facebook.com/midlandslocalfood

A diverse group of organizations dedicated to a robust local food system in the Midlands of SC. The Collaborative members provide education, technical and financial assistance and community advocacy to promote sustainable agriculture, land stewardship, and equitable food access. Collaborative members include: Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Organic Richland Program), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sustainable Midlands, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina.


Organic Growers School

www.organicgrowersschool.org

PO Box 17804, Asheville, NC 28816

Nonprofit organization in the Southern Appalachian region with the mission to advance organic agriculture and sustainable living by building a mutually supportive network of thriving communities and prosperous farms throughout the region. OGS offers educational opportunities for organic farmers through their CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) initiative. They also offer Apprentice Link, a service matching farmers to farmworkers and offering consultation about structuring labor on the farm. For CRAFT or Apprentice Link


PASOS

https://www.scpasos.org/

PASOs helps build a stronger South Carolina by supporting Latino communities with education, advocacy, and leadership development.


South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED)

scaced.org

SCACED is a coalition of individuals and organizations who support the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities throughout South Carolina. Our members work collaboratively to build wealth and create economic opportunity for all SC residents, and many of our efforts are focused on minority communities and other groups who have been left out of the economic mainstream. SCACED partners with a number of agricultural organizations to provide training and outreach to increase the economic viability of local farms.


SC Community Loan Fund

https://sccommunityloanfund.org

1051-A Gardner Rd, Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 973-7285

Helps finance critically needed community development projects.


SC Food Policy Council

https://www.scfoodpolicy.com/

The South Carolina Food Policy Council (SCFPC) supports the sustainability of our state's food sector enterprises and the health of our communities.


South Carolina Future Farmers of America

www.scaged.org/SCFFA/home.htm

SCFFA provides opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success and is delivered through contextual learning, supervised agricultural experience programs, and student leadership organizations.


SCF Organics Farm Ltd.

https://scforganicfarms.com/

(803) 469- 0116

SCF-Organic Farm’s Mission is to educate farmers and customers about the benefits of vegetables and fruits grown with organic, heritage, dry-farming methods, and to increase production and consumption of that produce among farmers and customers of all income levels in the State of South Carolina and beyond.


SC Food Hub Network

SC Food Hub Network is a group of established food hubs in South Carolina passionate about cultivating a relationship based food system that provides local farmers with personalized resources and markets, and customers to secure source identified food traced from harvest to market. Participating hubs are: Catawba Farm and Food Coalition( York, SC), Axiom Cooperative (Columbia, SC), GrowFood Carolina (Charleston, SC), Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery (Greenville, SC) .


Small Business Development Center - SC State Region

https://www.scsbdc.com or www.localsmallbusiness.org

SCSU Region Small Business Development Center

300 College Street

Belcher Hall Suite 353

Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117

803.533.3964

Contact: charlestonsbdc@mailbox.sc.edu (Multiple Offices)

Specialties: One-on-one consultation to prospective and existing business owners, assisting them to analyze business opportunities, develop business plans, and create loan packages. Services are offered at no charge and are available by appointment only. All SBDCs across the state can provide business support listed above but SCSU also can provide specialized agri-business consulting as well.


South Carolina Black Farmers

https://www.scblackfarmers.com/ 

The SC Black Farmer Coalition is working to train, equip, and support existing, returning, and budding generations of Black farmers. We need Black-led training programs, land trusts, food hubs, policy advocates and funders to get the job done.

South Carolina Future Farmers of America

www.scaged.org/SCFFA/home.htm

Provides opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success and is delivered through contextual learning, supervised agricultural experience programs, and student leadership organizations.


South Carolina Young Farmer & Agribusiness Association

www.scaged.org/SCYF/index.htm

The South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association (SCYFAA) is a State organization for out-of-school young people who are engaged in agriculture. It is also designed to aid interested adults through systematic and organized educational programs on agriculture and agribusiness.


SC Office of Rural Health

https://scorh.net/

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH), a 501(c)3 non-profit statewide organization, is dedicated Improving the health status of rural and underserved people through advocacy, education, and assistance to providers, communities, and policymakers. More information on the Rural Health action plan can be accessed at https://scorh.net/rural-health-action-plan/