Growing COB is partnering with Food Share, which helps purchase additional food beyond what is harvested to add to the food gift.
Growing COB was formed about three years ago when two people involved in research helping to resolve and resolve food deserts across the state came together.
“A perfect example is Bowman,” said Hardy. “Bowman doesn’t have a grocery store. Most of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun are rural. There is not a lot of access. When it comes to illnesses, especially for minorities, a lot of it depends on what you eat. “
“This was created to allow minorities, especially low-income people, to access fresh fruits and vegetables,” she said.
Starting with two people, Growing COB has grown to include over 50 members and a five member board of directors.
Growing COB has cohorts in Bamberg, Ehrhardt, Denmark and Orangeburg and has already completed around seven community gardens, including at RMC and South Carolina State University.
One board member – Nathan Hill – owns an inground garden. It is COB’s largest garden.
The first grant that Growing COB received was courtesy of the Eat Smart and Move More organization. The grant was used to install a garden at SC State.
The community garden at The Samaritan House is the latest achievement in the reopening of the refuge.