Growing Local SC is focused on building a network of organizations and individuals to support South Carolina in getting food from farms and gardens to the table. The goal of the project is to create a cross-sector local food system network aspiring to cultivate a thriving, equitable, inclusive, resilient, and just food economy providing access to healthy food for all.
Growing Local SC | Food System Network
Growing Local SC is an initiative of the SC Food Policy Council focused specifically on getting food from farms and gardens to the table across South Carolina. The network builds off work done to date and is designed to be reflective of South Carolina's local food system which is a complex web of activities involving the production, processing, transport, and consumption of food.
Growing Local SC is a network focused on facilitating collaboration between organizations and individuals actively engaged in supporting South Carolina's Food System. The Network will 1) connect and cultivate South Carolina’s local food economy, 2) develop a plan centered on addressing systemic inequities in the state’s food system, 3) catalyze action to address farmland loss, 4) increase capacity of the local food system and 5) refine metrics for measuring partnerships. All organizations, individuals and businesses working in the local food system are encouraged to get engaged. How? Join the SCFPC, sign-up for one or both of the Local Food Committees (Urban and Rural), subscribe to the newsletter and follow us on Instagram @GrowingLocalSouthCarolina.
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This project is supported by funds from the 2021 USDA Regional Food System Partnership Grant
The project is administered by Wholespire, governed by the South Carolina Food Policy Council, executed and evaluated by contracted project managers (Nikki Seibert Kelley and Alison Pierce), and supported by partners as follows: the SC Department of Agriculture providing financial, programmatic (ACRE), and marketing support; UofSC School of Public Health providing administrative, stakeholder, and food council support; the Rural Resource Coalition as an organizer for gatherings, coordinator of the Local Food Subcommittee, facilitating a farmland working group, and providing engagement to indigenous communities; Bonita Global providing outreach to African American communities; Alianza Latina of the Midlands providing outreach to Latina communities; SC Food Hub Network expanding mid-tier value chains; and SC State University Small Business Development Center and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association providing technical assistance to food and farming businesses. Check out the leadership team profiles below.
The activities of the network are guided by input gathered at annual meetings and through several stakeholder engagement mechanisms designed to elevate minority voices including the general membership of the South Carolina Food Policy Council and its committees (interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply). The project prioritizes strategies to fill food systems gaps, meet stakeholder needs, and facilitate market opportunities and food access solutions.
Please note the organizations and individuals listed represent the leadership structure built into the grant but the project is committed to continuously expanding the network leadership to include many other food system organizations.
The Growing Local SC Food Summit will be the inaugural meeting for organizations, individuals, farmers, and businesses working in the local food system to gather, connect, learn, and collaborate on building a collaborative network. The event is hosted by SCACED and the Rural Resource Coalition and coordinated by Growing Local SC Food System Network and the SC Food Policy Council to create a cross-sector local food system network aspiring to cultivate a thriving, equitable, inclusive, resilient, and just food economy providing access to healthy food for all.
Bonita Global LLC
UofSC School of Public Health
PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well! | SC Food Policy Council Board Chair
Central Midlands Council of Government | Alianza Latina of the Midlands | SC Food Policy Council
UofSC School of Public Health
Wholespire | SC Food Policy Council
SCSU Small Business Development Center Orangeburg | Midlands Local Food Collaborative
SC Association of Community Economic Development | Rural Resource Coalition | SC Food Policy Council
Nikki Seibert Kelley
Growing Local SC Network Director
| Wit Meets Grit
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association | SC Food Policy Council
SC Food Hub Network Coordinator
Pick 42 Foundation | SC Food Policy Council Board Vice Chair
SC Department of Agriculture ACRE Program | SC Food Policy Council Board Member
UofSC School of Public Health | Food is Medicine Subcommittee
Ashley Page Bookhart
UofSC School of Public Health
Central Midlands Council of Government
SCSU Small Business Development Center
Growing Local SC builds off of a variety of other collaborations and projects, several of which are listed below.
SC Food Policy council
The SC Food Policy Council strives to advance the production and consumption of healthy foods in South Carolina through education and strategic policy planning. Anyone interested in Food Systems in SC can join as a member for free to stay up to date on Growing Local SC and more.
SC Food Hub Network
A group of established food hubs in SC passionate about cultivating a relationship based food system that provides local farmers with personalized resources and markets while ensuring customers are able to secure source identified food traced from harvest to market.
SC Farmer resource guide
The South Carolina Farmer Resource Guide exists to help farmers in South Carolina find the information, resources, and services necessary to operate their businesses.
SC Local Food System Roadmap
The SC Local Food System Road Map project developed as a tool to help those working in the state’s food system to understand how the state’s food system is changing and know what, where, when, who, and how food is (or is not) getting from “A” to “B”.