Carolina Human Reinvestment is proud to introduce its newest and most exciting addition to its educational programs, the #CHRSCcommunitygarden.
With its mission of “Grow, Feed, Teach," the Carolina Human Reinvestment (SC) Community Garden was originally created as an onsite classroom for the youth that CHRSC serves. In less than a year it not only achieved that goal, but has grown into so much more.
We have already managed, and continue to provide vegetables and fruits for area food banks, hunger and food share programs on a consistent basis, having served an estimated 2000 people in our first year.
Our potential as a learning and work space has started to come to fruition. Not only have we provided volunteer opportunities for local church, school, and civic groups such as the Lions Club, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, we have also hosted several out of state mission groups from Virginia, North Carolina, and Minnesota. We have two engineering students from Ohio actively studying and helping us install and improve our irrigation system. Our garden model has been studied by students from Clemson University, and we have been visited by representatives from DHEC, The US Department of Justice, the Georgetown Department of Juvenile Justice, Saint James Health and Wellness, the Molina Healthcare System, the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, (among others) in discussion on partnering and creating programs to aid and help both our youth and adult communities.
Our function as a community event space has also been realized.
In April 2021, a few weeks short of our first anniversary, we held an Earth Day celebration. Attended by over 300 people, we featured local gardeners, vendors, artists, musicians, health and advocacy groups. In early June we sponsored a "friend raiser" garden party entitled "Sundresses and Seersucker.' In spite of an unexpected torrential downpour, we still managed to host over 100 people in the hoop house. Without skipping a beat the musicians began playing, the volunteers quickly set up the silent auction, while the No Boundaries International food truck parked close to the door, serving our attendees by running food and drink under umbrellas.
Construction of the garden started on May 4, 2020. By June, our 72’ x 30’ hoop house had been completed with 20 raised garden beds to its side, filled with growing vegetables; all of this organized and built solely by local volunteers and church groups. Today we have a second group of garden beds, bringing the total to over 70. We are also doing raised bed gardening, hydroponic gardening, and have an aeroponic tower garden in the front of our hoop house. We are growing spinach, leafy greens, okra, tomatoes, potatoes and sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, radishes, carrots, beans, garlic, shallots, eggplant, several types of peppers, pumpkin, cantaloupe, watermelon, figs and more! Also in development is an herb and flower garden spearheaded by the Low Country Herb Society.
Community gardens are fast becoming a national movement. Addressing multiple and diverse issues such as health, education, environment, and local ecological sustainability, to providing a cultural and social space for the community, we plan to bridge all age and socioeconomic groups of the Georgetown and Pawleys Island communities.
All of us involved at the #CHRSCcommunitygarden are extremely encouraged by the rapid progress and generosity of the community and the potential of what the garden will become.
Here’s how you can help.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Feel free to contact:
Sybil, Lead Gardener at: (843) 443-5776
Giany, Executive Director at: (843) 461-4305
BECOME A FRIEND OF THE GARDEN – DONATE and Grow with us.
Our garden boxes are available for the leveled sponsorships detailed below. As a sponsor, we will name you or your business in the garden and in our promotions via website, print, and social media.
SEEDLING $25 feeds a family of four for a week
SPROUT $100 feeds a family of 4 for a month
BLOSSOM $600 feeds a family of 4 for 1/2 a year
BLOOM $1200 feeds a family of 4 for a year
Our First 10 Months
This informative and fun 24 minute extended documentary charts our progress from its beginnings in May 2020 through our first year's challenges, achievements, and goals.