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Claim our Roots: Help Us Build a Community Food Operation

A project in North Charleston, SC by Fresh Future Farm Inc.

Status: Active

Residents cultivating community and healthy lifestyles in North Charleston, SC
Backers: 490
Average Daily Pledges: $1,173
Average Pledge Per Backer: $139

Funding: $68,030 of $60,000
Dates: Jun 24th -> Aug 23rd (60 days)
Project By: Fresh Future Farm Inc.
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Latest News

We hoped for a Kitchen Manager but landed a FFFarm Chef!

August 20th - via:
I was excited to sit down with Deljuan Murphy this morning and talk about our planned partnership with the incubator kitchen! He's bringing his 15+ years of restaurant experience to our goal of feeding our neighbors the best and healthiest food we... (Read More)

A $2500 online match challenge from Seacoast Church!

August 20th - via:
#freshfuturefarm is in the last 64 hours of its Kickstarter community food campaign! We're thankful for all the churches who have pledged and donated. We have one more $2500 pledge match opportunity from Seacoast Church! Can you help us meet or... (Read More)

The other reason Steve asked to join our board minutes after meeting our Chief Farm Officer

August 17th - via:
A news story came out of Columbia yesterday morning about a neighborhood Sav-A-Lot closing next Saturday. Steve has worked with organizations that have funded this scale operation in underserved neighborhoods across the country. Traditional grocery... (Read More)

The Professional Opinion of our Newest Board Member, Steve Saltzman

August 17th - via:
Steve Saltzman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowcountry Development Corporation (LDC), a CDFI headquartered in Charleston, SC. The organization provides support for food systems, affordable housing and local business. Before taking leadership... (Read More)

FFF is an innovative urban ag model and solar panels are a necessity, just ask our newest board member Steve Saltzman

August 16th - via:
Steve Saltzman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowcountry Development Corporation (LDC), a CDFI headquartered in Charleston, SC. The organization provides support for food systems, affordable housing and local business. Before taking leadership... (Read More)

A word from our Board Members! First up - Kennae Miller of Transformation Yoga

August 15th - via:
Kennae Miller is the owner of Transformation Yoga whose mission is "A yoga tribe on their journey, sharing tools for marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities in SC. KennaeMillerBoardMember.MOV She has been practicing yoga for over... (Read More)

Bon Appetit Mag also Loves Gullah Chef BJ Dennis!

August 14th - via:
 "People Say Gullah Geechee Culture is Disappearing. BJ Dennis Says They're Wrong The unofficial chef ambassador takes us deep into the heart of the Low Country, to meet the home cooks keeping the traditions of their enslaved ancestors alive"... (Read More)

Long Time Farm Friend BJ Dennis

August 14th - via:
This throwback video of Chef BJ Dennis visiting the farm makes us excited for his upcoming event in February! BJ has been involved with the farm since day one and his overwhelming support is so appreciated. He and chef Kevin Mitchell will be... (Read More)

Thanks to so much positive support, we are now gearing up for a 10-day solar panel challenge!

August 12th - via:
I shared that ABC News 4 stopped by to film our story for Thursday news last week. But I have to tell you how synergistic this past weekend was for us. IllVibeTheTribe hosted a public market at the farm and helped grow the circle of awareness for our... (Read More)

Q&A with FFF Staff

August 9th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00  (Read More)

Who is Anik Hall?

August 9th - via:
Germaine's all time favorite picture of her eldest child. Hey I'm Anik, the Special Projects Manager at Fresh Future Farm! which basically means that I'm in charge of any art-related, social media or detailed design projects for our farm store. My... (Read More)

Ripple Effect in Action!

August 8th - via:
We'd never done a Kickstarter campaign before and it took us two weeks to put all the pieces together before the launch. We'd discussed all the people that we need to reach out to for the word to get out. As the campaign really started kicking in and... (Read More)

Fresh Future Farm raising money to purchase North Charleston property

August 8th - via:
She's a Jefferson Awards winner and an advocate for affordable, fresh produce for all. We first met Germaine Jenkins in 2016 when her community grocery was just budding. She's now calling on the community to help secure its future. (Read More)

Our community food operations support micro-entrepreneurship

August 7th - via:
A You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 A recent New York Times article featured 16 Black Chefs Changing Food in America. Last Sunday, we were fortunate to host a few Black chefs... (Read More)

We're almost there! We just need 17% more!

August 7th - via:
 Yay, we've reached $48,000 on our #kickstarter campaign! Charleston Good is donating the $2000 match on Saturday, which leaves $10,000 (~17%) left to go! Together, we've worked so hard. Let's make these last too weeks count!   (Read More)

$2k dollar for dollar match from CharlestonGOOD!

August 5th - via:
We've broken the $46,000 mark and have great news! CharlestonGOOD, a local nonprofit partner, is going to match the next $2,000 in new pledges we receive! New backers should comment 'GOODMATCH' here after making a first time pledge of any amount.... (Read More)

My mentor, the Godfather of Soil, Will Allen toured the farm with us today:)

August 4th - via:
Just like Will, I travel in town or in other cities and look at all the potential urban and rural farm spaces. I do the same thing when I enter any space, btw. The most incredible honor is having him to hear and see the vision for the space and the... (Read More)

Prepping for Tomorrow's Brunch

August 3rd - via:
We are so excited to have Will & Erika Allen visit the farm to celebrate Erika's birthday and discuss food justice! Each guest will receive a bag of farm fresh goodies. Guest Takeaways  (Read More)

Skirt Magazine Feature!

August 3rd - via:
We were featured on page 22 of the July issue of Skirt Magazine. Check out the full article here or grab a copy! Fresh Future Farm featured in Skirt Magazine  (Read More)

Information about Sunday's Future of Food Access Event

August 1st - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Hip hip hooray, we made it to $42k today! Flashback to Farmer Adrian's early days:)

July 30th - via:
FaceBook memory from nine years ago today. Farmer Adrian is still sheet mulching like a BOSS! When hubby and I bought our first home we soon realized that neither of us grew up in homes where we had to manage lawn care. Cutting the grass got tired... (Read More)

Over $40,111 reasons to celebrate with kind words from cookbook author and FFF friend Julia Turshen!

July 29th - via:
"Julia Turshen @turshen has long been a sought-after cookbook writer, collaborating with big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Dana Cowin and famously turning in book drafts an entire year before their due date (unheard of in the cookbook world). She... (Read More)

Who is Germaine Jenkins?

July 26th - via:
When Germaine was young she and her siblings harvested their first veggies from a garden and made the farm to table connection. A Hartsville, SC native raised up north in Cleveland, Ohio. Her family often needed public assistance to eat. After a... (Read More)

Woohoo Cindy, you gave us our 300th pledge!

July 25th - via:
 Your pledges support our open air community center that's set up to sell high quality groceries at prices customers can afford, offer culturally relevant nutrition, cooking and gardening lessons AND we'll complete the infrastructure improvements... (Read More)

Fresh Future Farm's Newest Member, Tamazha Pilson!

July 25th - via:
Meet our newest staff member, Tamazha Pilson. Tamazha Pilson at the inaugural SC Black Farmers Conference  Hey everybody! My name is Tamazha Pilson and I’m the new Store Manager at Fresh Future Farm. I graduated from The College of Charleston’s... (Read More)

Local newspaper supports FFF's ownership plans:)

July 24th - via:
Shout out to the Post & Courier Editorial Staff. We agree with you, of course! Early on our Saturday workday morning, an FFF ambassador asked if I'd read the day's paper. I hadn't but immediately found the article from our local paper's... (Read More)

Instant camp salad foreshadows the value added goodness coming to FFF's operation.

July 23rd - via:
We braved the heat for another awesome farm camp this morning. @deljuanthechef joined us and ended up making the freshest most nutrient dense pear, lemon cucumber, Matt's Wild cherry tomato, Malabar spinach and basil salad the kids ever tasted - SO... (Read More)

An updated Rooted Film trailer is out! Filming continues through next spring. On a screen near you in 2021-ish.

July 22nd - via:
Thanks to documentary filmmaker Bridget Besaw (Seedlight Pictures) for finding us and telling a food justice story that stretches beyond our North Charleston, SC community. Between the veggie videos, the educational outreach and the recognition our... (Read More)

Bad news, great news and a throwback digital high five;)

July 22nd - via:
Bad news: We fell far short of the $5 donations needed to trigger the $1320 match. I'll follow up with the anonymous donor to see if we can extend the match to those who donate in person at the farm store. Sending a digital high five all who gave at... (Read More)

Fresh Future Farms reaches halfway mark on Kickstarter, planning benefit brunch for $250 supporters

July 22nd - via:
Germaine Jenkins and Fresh Future Farm have hit impressive milestones in their mission to bring food to the Chicora/Cherokee neighborhood in North Charleston. Their latest challenge is raising enough money to purchase the farm. They're on their way, but the urban farm still isn't theirs. (Read More)

More Details about the Future of Food Access

July 20th - via:
Future of Food Access Invite Future of Food Access Schedule Future of Food Access Menu  (Read More)

Meet Will & Erika Allen (Father/ Daughter Duo)

July 20th - via:
Will Allen is the founder of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit. Growing Power was a urban agriculture training facility and good food hub. He and his daughter, Erika, will be in Charleston for Erika's birthday. In her honor, they will host a... (Read More)

Onsite and offsite farm camp fun!

July 18th - via:
Famed "Cooking Gene' author Michael Twitty told me that basil made chicken dance. We found an African recipe that used it and he was so right! We had such a great day at farm camp this morning talking about foods, harvesting ingredients and... (Read More)

#capitalcampaign edition of #motivationmonday at Fresh Future Farm!

July 15th - via:
A donor has issued a challenge for all the pledges we pull in at the $5 level this week. For those who donate, we will send out an awesome 'I bought Fresh Future Farm' bumper sticker at the end of the campaign. If we can attract 264 $5 Kickstarter... (Read More)

Deninufay African Dance & Drum Production performed a harvest dance similar to what our West African ancestors did and the results were amazing!

July 14th - via:
Long before chemical amendments became popular, our West African ancestors had natural methods to grow healthy food. A couple months after this performance, we had the first and best peach production in our brief history.  We are going to engage... (Read More)

$21k in 19 days, WE can do this!!!

July 13th - via:
We're so thankful for your pledges that get us closer and closer to our dream of creating a community food operation. He's more than you ever wanted to know about banana trees! I added a few follow up posts to our social media pages with other tips... (Read More)

We've hit 20% of our goal, y'all! Here's a farm camp cooking video shot by our friend Gullah Chef BJ Dennis!

July 11th - via:
Camp starts next week and this is a sample of how we reintroduce a crop like okra to help bring agriculture, planting, harvesting, cooking and art come to life for kids in our community. Since this first year, we prepare meals like our ancestors did... (Read More)

Pledge today if you carrot all:)

July 10th - via:
A fully funded Kickstarter campaign means our customers can rely on naturally grown, nutrient dense produce for years to come. With the addition of an incubator kitchen, we can turn our extra veggies into soups, sides and other value added products... (Read More)

We made it over the $10,000 hump (only 44 days left to raise another $39K)!!! A celebratory sneak preview of our summer camp plans:)

July 9th - via:
Our first ever farm camp coloring book!!! Check out the draft of this year's first ever farm camp coloring book😍😍😍 Along with planting, harvesting and cooking a West African stew over an open fire, we're incorporating a couple of activities... (Read More)

We accept church donations!

July 6th - via:
Dave from the Unitarian Church Thanks to Dave and the Unitarian Church for making this generous contribution to the farm. If there are other farms interested in supporting Fresh Future Farm's Kickstarter campaign but cannot make an online donation,... (Read More)

Chef BJ Dennis & Chef Kevin Mitchell

July 6th - via:
 Distinguished Chef Kevin Mitchell will be joining Chef BJ as they prepare a meal that honors our ancestors.  Chef Kevin Mitchell’s culinary work embraces traditional American flavors, sumptuous soul food flair and delicate French cuisine. This... (Read More)

Fall Tour & Tasting w/ DELicious Carolina Chef, Deljuan Murphy

July 6th - via:
 There are only 3 tickets left to the fall tour and tasting with DELicious Carolina Executive Chef Deljuan Murphy BUT Deljuan will also be with us in less than a month as part of the Future of Food breakfast with Will and Erika Allen. Joining... (Read More)

Fresh Future Farm Visit from Cooking with Steez Executive Chef Deljuan Murphy

July 3rd - via:
Revisiting a conversation with my friend Delicious Carolina Executive Chef Deljuan Murphy,, great stuff! Please take this virtual tour of our farm space and see what we've done with what we were given and... (Read More)

We hit our 100th pledge this evening!!! TIME TO CELEBRATE:) Please keep sharing y'all!

June 30th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00  (Read More)

$7k in six days??? We are SO encouraged!

June 30th - via:
Every Kickstarter update about your generosity is another day we're closer to owning the oasis we created - THANK YOU! Fresh Future Farm is dedicated to engaging with and responding to our customers' needs. Ownership of the land means that we will... (Read More)

Fresh Future Farm creates mural with historic images of the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood

June 29th - via:
Fresh Future Farm (FFF) is on a roll right now. The Chicora Cherokee neighborhood garden and community hub is currently raising money through Kickstarter so that chief farm officer Germaine Jenkins can buy the land from the city  (Read More)

This summer, help Fresh Future Farm buy their land by backing Kickstarter Campaign

June 26th - via:
A garden, a grocery store, a classroom, a beacon of hope for a community oft forsaken, all located on less than an acre of land. (Read More)

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