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Sling a Shovel at a Fresh Future Farm Workday

In North Charleston’s Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood between Spruill and Rivers avenues, you could get plenty of fast, fried food, but not an apple or a head of cabbage—that is until Germaine Jenkins launched Fresh Future Farm on a five-acre plot leased by the city. The working farm now plants and harvests organic produce year-round and operates an on-site grocery store in a tiny mobile building. It’s turned a food desert into an urban vegetable paradise.

The farm largely operates on volunteer labor, including workdays on the second and third Saturday mornings of each month, as well as regular opportunities for groups.