A Partnership with the State of South Carolina and Clemson University to Create Community Gardens

Humanities Foundation has partnered with the South Carolina Association for Community and Economic Development (SCACED) and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) in a Health Equity Initiative to address COVID-19 health disparities among high-risk and underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities and rural residents. South Carolina’s Health Equity Initiative is part of a national project by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supported by funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

The objectives are to make available grant awards for the establishment and expansion of community gardens in low-income, rural communities. Humanities Foundation was one of the recipients of this funding. The Community Garden grants will offer training from Clemson University paired with funding to support minority and veteran producers in furthering the production of fruits and vegetables as an important source of fresh food and nutrition to communities lacking access to locally grown produce.

Each garden will consist of raised beds that will grow seasonal crops intended for distribution to clients in the neighborhood/community it serves. In select models, the garden will also act as an educational resource for individuals of all ages.

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