Back in 2014, Germaine Jenkins wanted to create something more than a traditional farm. With a short-term lease from the City of North Charleston and $25,000 in seed capital Germaine started set out with her family to build an oasis in a community desperate for resources, what we know know as Fresh Future Farm.
FFF is much more than a place that grows fruit and vegetables, it is a community food operation, with a USDA grocery store selling produce, toiletries and other groceries. School groups tour the facilities or take classes on farming, cooking and food culture. Germaine invested in a group of residents, interns and volunteers to help run the farm and gave them skills they to work on the farm or hopefully start their own businesses one day.
Taking discarded materials to grow the best tasting produce and eggs and create profits in an urban environment is something we need because not only is Chicora/Cherokee a food desert, but it’s an employment and place desert too. We work to alleviate all of those disparities.Four and a half years later, Germaine and Fresh Future Farm have been recognized and awarded both locally and nationally for their efforts. Along with being listed as a founding member of Equity at the Table in April 2018, Fresh Future Farm received the prestigious John Egerton Prize from Southern Foodways Alliance that ‘recognizes artists, writers, scholars, and others–including artisans and farmers and cooks–whose work, in the American South, addresses issues of race, class, gender, and social and environmental justice, through the lens of food.’