October 14, 2015
At the Chicora Place Community Garden in North Charleston’s Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood (an official food desert, per the USDA), 15 garden beds and planters overflow with fruits and veggies. Less than half a mile away at Fresh Future Farm, a new commercial and educational urban farm and store, stands a food forest: a curated community of produce-producing flora including herbs, blueberry bushes, apple trees, and more. The driving force behind it all is Germaine Jenkins, a certified Master Gardener who established the garden in 2011 and recently founded the farm. Here, the North Charleston resident—a winner of our 2015 Giving Back Awards in the Community Catalyst category—fills us in on both ventures.