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Lowcountry Local First

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Many organizations in South Carolina are concerned about our aging population of farmers. Charleston-based Lowcountry Local First is dedicated to   supporting local entrepreneurs in business and farming. They describe their organization as a way of life that celebrates and supports the local, independent businesses and farmers who reflect the unique character, flavor, and culture of that special part of South Carolina. 

Through their Growing New Farmers Program they offer   six months of field and classroom training in sustainable agricultural production   and have an optional apprenticeship program placing participants with proven, successful farmers, perhaps forming liaisons that will lead to partnerships.  For the first time in 2017, they are partnering with Clemson’s Agribusiness program to provide intensive business planning training. Farm planning, financing and marketing are as important to developing a sustainable, economically viable farming as raising a quality crop is. 

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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.