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Support for Niche Farmers and Entrepreneurs

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture has a commitment to our major row crop farmers but new programs provide support for niche farmers and entrepreneurs who are finding ways to join in the local foods movement. The South Carolina Specialty Foods Association has a free catalog available if you call the Ag Department or find it on line.

What an incredible way to find the jams, pickles, lotions, honey products, soaps, cakes, cookies, spices  – even South Carolina sea salt aged in bourbon barrels. In the past, our grandmothers and mothers made homemade items for holiday gifts. In today’s hectic times, we may not have the time (or skills) to follow their example, but we can use the South Carolina Specialty Foods catalogue to find the talented members of our State who still carry on these wonderful traditions, often using fruits and vegetables grown on family farms. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.