Fresh Future Farm (FFF) is entering the last month of their Kickstarter campaign to purchase the land that they’re located on. In an effort to help them achieve the $60,000 end goal, community event organizers IllVibetheTribe will host a “FarmRaiser” on August 10, bringing together a crop of artists, artisans, and chefs.
“We’re hoping to raise as much as we can, but, honestly, we hope that this market will bring awareness to the farm and its Kickstarter, as well as get people to physically experience the space,” Sabrina Hyman of IllVibe says.
Fresh Future Farm has aided the North Charleston community since 2014, when Co-Founder Germaine Jenkins turned a vacant lot into a thriving urban farm, in an area commonly referred to as a “food desert.” In 2016, FFF opened a grocery store on-site, turning the 0.8 acre parcel of land into a bigger community hub.
[content-3] Since opening five years ago, FFF claims to have sold or distributed 12 tons of basic and specialty groceries, plus three tons of chemical-free produce.
“What Germaine has been able to create and cultivate in the Macon community is something extremely important and necessary in so many ways and we do not want her cause to be overlooked because of lack of reach or exposure,” Hyman adds.
IllVibe’s FarmRaiser will feature local vendors (Runaround Sue, Motherland Essentials, Tinted Saga), artists (Concept Rxch, IHaveGoodNews), chefs (Treat God), and artisans (Perfectly.Glazed).
“The Farm deserves its chance to grow and become a beacon in the community and we want to do our part to bring whatever funds and light that we can,” Hyman says. “Each vendor will be donating a portion of their proceeds and we [IllVibe] will also have a booth where we will donate 50 percent of our proceeds.”
FFF’s Kickstarter ends Friday, August 23. As of July 31, the campaign has raised $43,594 of its $60,000 target. The FarmRaiser will be Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the farm.
If successful, Fresh Future Farm will also be able to offer increased education opportunities “through farm tours, classes, demonstrations, conferences, and other activities,” in addition to building a new pavilion area for events, Jenkins told the City Paper in June. Love Best of Charleston? Help the Charleston City Paper keep Best of Charleston going every year with a donation. Or sign up to become a member of the Charleston City Paper club.
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