About

GrowFood Carolina promotes local foods, local farms and rural sustainability.

GrowFood Carolina’s mission is to help the local food market reach its full potential by providing meaningful opportunities to rural farmers that will strengthen and secure the future of a regional food supply and ensure that local rural lands remain in agricultural use.

Who We Are

GrowFood Carolina works to serve local farmers, local consumers and the local community. We enable local growers access to local markets, such as grocery stores and restaurants, by providing the logistical and distribution support they need. Local consumers then have easier access to local products in traditional retail outlets.

What We Do

We operate a local food warehouse where we aggregate locally grown produce from more than 50 local farms within a 120 mile radius of Charleston, SC. We distribute to more than 135 customers, including retail markets and restaurants, farm to school programs, and are expanding to serve institutions and other food service locations.

How You Can Support GrowFood

  • Buy local and ask for more local produce wherever you eat or buy fresh food. Even a small increase in the amount we source and consume locally can make a huge difference.
  • Educate others in the community on why it’s important to keep more of our food dollars in South Carolina.
  • Donate and join our generous list of supporters.

Growfood Leadership

Sara Clow, General Manager

Sara Clow, General Manager

Native of The Garden State, Sara’s love of fresh produce started in her Mom’s vegetable garden. After liberal arts at Vanderbilt, project management in Colorado, and finance in San Francisco she found her way back to produce working for organic tree fruit growers at Pacific Organic Produce and Purity Organic. She relocated to Charleston when the opportunity to open and manage GrowFood Carolina was offered because she thinks local food hubs are “The most important movement happening in sustainable agriculture since the NOP.”

Benton Montgomery, Warehouse Manager

Benton Montgomery, Warehouse Manager

Hailing from Newberry, SC, Benton is a proud USC grad, veteran of the music industry, Costa Rican WWOOFer, and the hardest working man in local produce. Benton’s commitment to helping the growers AND providing highest quality to the customers demonstrates perfectly why we do what we do.

Jessica Diaz, Sales & Marketing Manager

Jessica Diaz, Sales & Marketing Manager

Originally from Columbia, SC, Jessica graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Plant Biology and put that excellent knowledge to work at a true farm-to-table, raw, vegan restaurant in San Francisco before making the move back to the right coast. This lady KNOWS her veg and how to market it.

Nina Foy, Sales & Marketing Associate

Nina Foy, Sales & Marketing Associate

Born in Pennsylvania, Nina headed south to attend the College of Charleston. While living in New York, London and then back in Charleston her love of farmer's markets & eating locally grew tremendously. Now she focuses on retail sales and making sure that the consumer knows when something is coming from GrowFood.

Jake Sadler, Assistant Warehouse Manager

Jake Sadler, Assistant Warehouse Manager

After graduating from College of Charleston, Jake spent time as a real estate agent & retail manager in Mount Pleasant. He developed his love of agriculture after years of farming & beekeeping locally in both urban & rural settings. Now Jake helps to manage daily warehouse operations and handle new grower communications.

Bob Tremayne, Warehouse Operations

Bob Tremayne, Warehouse Operations

Born in Flint, MI, Bob has done his time in produce coolers, kitchens and in the deep blue sea all the way from Memphis to the Cayman Islands. A graduate of the culinary program at the Art Institute in Charleston, Bob is also the Sous Chef at Cypress Restaurant. Thanks to Bob, the cooler is a well organized playground for buyers.

How It Works

Find the Fork

Find the Fork

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