CareSouth Carolina – Society Hill Community Garden – South Carolina

The garden includes both raised beds and in ground bed rows.  This set up allows a section for the individuals or groups from the community to “adopt a raised bed” to plant and manage.  The bed rows harvest was used in part, to feed the elderly and shut in.  For example, fruits and vegetables from the garden are being provided to the local Presbyterian Church to supplement a minimum of 50 meals per week for the elderly.  Care South Carolina partner provided nutrition instruction to gardeners, Richard and Diane Baird are the lead volunteers managing the garden for the community. Richard is a retired farmer who provides training to gardeners on sustainability, garden management and layout. 

Gardeners have harvested Squash, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, Zucchini, pole beans, watermelons, okra, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, collard greens, lettuce, and Kale. The garden has provided food to at least 200 people throughout the growing seasons. (Spring, Summer, and Fall).  The Society Hill Garden was recently listed as a USDA People’s Garden.