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11 SC food organizations recognized for innovative food, agricultural programs

City Roots Farm, in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, is one of 11 food organizations in South Carolina selected by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation to be featured in the 2016 national Good Food Org Guide.
City Roots Farm, in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, is one of 11 food organizations in South Carolina selected by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation to be featured in the 2016 national Good Food Org Guide. sardis@thestate.com

TheGood Food Org Guide, which highlights innovation and dedication in food and agriculture, this year includes 11 South Carolina programs.

The third annual guide, which includes 1,000 U.S. food-related organizations, is compiled by the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank – an organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters – along with an advisory group of more than 70 food system experts. The guide highlights work in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.

The 11 South Carolina initiatives selected for the guide, being released starting Oct. 17, include:

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CSFA), South Carolina and North Carolina: A farm-driven non-profit advocating for fair farm and food policies and educating communities about local, organic agriculture.

City Roots Farm, Columbia: The city’s only urban farm, City Roots promotes sustainable living through food, education and events.

Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina, Columbia: Promotes healthy eating and active living through partnerships with community leaders and focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes that encourage people to make healthy choices.

Future Fresh Farm, North Charleston: Works to establish an urban farm training center to educate the state’s working poor, new farmers and disadvantaged family farmers about profitable agricultural techniques that reclaim underused resources and economic opportunities.

GrowFood Carolina, Charleston: A project of the Coastal Conservation League, GrowFood Carolina provides small farmers and food producers with post-harvest handling, storage and distribution of food to help improve the quality of the regional food supply.

Lowcountry Food Bank, North Charleston: Lowcountry Food Bank collects, inspects, maintains, and distributes otherwise wasted food products from manufacturers, food distributors, government, supermarkets, wholesalers, and farmers to redistribute to a grassroots network of nearly 300 member agencies providing hunger relief services throughout the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina.

Lowcountry Local First, Charleston: Provides resources, training, and consumer education for local, independent farms to thrive in South Carolina. Programs include Growing New Farmers and an Eat Local Month campaign.

Midlands Local Food Collaborative: An extension of Clemson University, MLFC is a group of organizations dedicated to a robust local food system in the Midlands. Members provide education, technical and financial assistance and community advocacy to promote sustainable agriculture, land stewardship, and equitable food access.

South Carolina Aquarium Good Catch Program, Charleston: Informs the public about the importance of sustainable seafood, healthy fisheries and consumption of responsibly harvested seafood. Good Catch partners with local restaurants that are committed to serving sustainable seafood while avoiding vulnerable species of fish on their menus.

South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program, Clemson University: Aims to grow the numbers of individuals engaged in farming through education and skill training.

South Carolina Organization for Organic Living, Greenville: Provides quality educational experiences focused on sustainable and organic growing practices.

The guide is meant for people in communities nationwide to help them find nearby organizations working to cultivate better food systems. The updated website, www.goodfoodorgguide.com, allows users to search by keyword, location and category to explore organizations of interest.

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