STATEMENT OF WORK

More than 26,900 farmers keep 4.9 million acres of farmland and alive and growing in South Carolina with an economic impact of more than $3 billion. Many South Carolinanians are not directly tied to farming, but have family roots in agriculture. Aproximately 29% of today’s South Carolina farmers are women, managing over 1.2 million acres of land with an economic impact of $150 million across the state with a focus on organic growing as a way to eat better and improve health. 

Allen University’s “GET THE TOOLS” is driven by the spirit to encourage the participation of small and disadvantage farmers in gaining acces to resources of state and federal programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, and communicate and educate our community through effective outreach and technical assistance. Our efforts will specific target to increase the number of youth, faith-based communities, women, veterans, and communities of colors that know about, engage USDA resources around farming.

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019
Another Successful event!!!

Grow and Sell Tour was a great adventure of some of the key local agribusiness networks!

First stop AU and farmers visited the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas, Greenville Tech. Chefs introduced the culinary program and the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate. Ms. McKinney of NRCS gave a tour of the compost project with various plants.

Second stop was theHorseshoe Farm.  Very unique landscape.  Farmer guru Chris Miller, owner of "That Garden Guy" showcased fruitful gardens and their new addition, a refrigerated container for the produce.

Lastly the Grow and Sell concluded a Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, Eat Local Ride Bikes.  This vibe was empowering!  All products and lunch is provided by a local farmer! Local residents are encouraged to bike to Swamp Rabbit and have lunch by fellow locals.

Attendees also have the opportunity to learn about various ways to create revenue from their very own gardens. Small and beginning farmers are encouraged to work close with the Greenville NRCS to finds opportunities to expand their harvest opportunities.

 

For more information on the agricultural outreach workshops or the grant, contact Evette Salters, Allen University program coordinator, at esalters@allenuniversity.edu or (803) 376-5721.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019
A Successful event!!!

A range of topics was discussed such as organic farming, best practices in conservation, protecting the consumer through inspections and the effects of weather on farming presented by WIS-TV Chief Meteorologist Dominic Brown. Other speakers include:

 

Matt Burleson, field specialist, South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Jerome Brown, district conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS

Brennan Washington, 1890 Land-Grant Liaison, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Mark Nettles, extension agent, SC State University 1890 Research Program

English Ratlcliff, Ph.D. student in Clemson University’s Plant and Environmental Sciences program

 

Attendees also have the opportunity to learn about various state and federal programs and services available to assist current farmers in expanding and improving their operation and those available to help new farmers.

 

For more information on the agricultural outreach workshops or the grant, contact Evette Salters, Allen University program coordinator, at esalters@allenuniversity.edu or (803) 376-5721.

ALLEN'S GOAL

 

Honored for the opportunity by the USDA, Allen University's goal is assist the process of connecting local small and beginning farmers with the resources need to build and continue the process of becoming a local resource for fruits and vegetables.

We encouraged land owners thinking about the AgriBusiness community to signup as well!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Grow and Sale Tour
FREE EVENT!!!

We encourage inspired farmers to join Allen University as we will take a tour of Greenville Tech Innovation Center, various Farmers, and food markets in Greenville. 

Transportation is available from Allen University!

Date: Friday, July 12, 9:30 am - 2pm

Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery

RSVP email esalters@allenuniversity.edu

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