Jim Martin of Compost In My Shoe shows off some of his goodie grown on his plot at the Dirt Works Incubator Farm
Dirt Works Incubator Farm, a project spearheaded by Lowcountry Local First, offers low-cost access to land, infrastructure, tools, packing facilities, and farm mentorship to new farmers in Charleston.
The program not only provides beginning farmers with the tools and land necessary to get their crops growing, but also a mentorhip and apprentice program allowing the Lowcountry's future farmers to get advice and expertise from seasoned veterans. Currently, the incubator farm is home to Spade & Clover Gardens, Compost In My Shoe, Fiddle Farms, Sol Haven Farm and Driftwood Downs.
These new and innovate farmers are working on cultivating everything from bees to barley to olive trees. In fact, it's likely you've already tasted some of their bounty — part of the incubator farm's "Phase 2" involves farm-to-restaurant partnerships.
I'll let Jamee Haley, Executive Director of Lowcountry Local First, tell you a bit more about the present and future of the Dirt Works Incubator Farm: