In 2014, facing the stark reality of a disinvested neighborhood where quality food and job opportunities had become scarce, Jenkins and her team embarked on a journey to reclaim the vacant city lot that once symbolized a bustling community hub.
Over the last six years, Germaine Jenkins has steered a team that defied the odds, creating abundance where neglect once prevailed.
Jenkins’s movement has garnered support from allies like Urban Growers Collective in Chicago, CooperateWNC in Old Fort, NC, Black Minimalists, League of Creative Interventionists, Equity at the Table (EATT), and Black Lives Matter of Greater NY.
Together, they’re on a mission to uplift the Chicora-Cherokee community and beyond.
Their endeavors include:
Building Economic Systems: Recognizing the importance of economic empowerment, the farm is dedicated to constructing economic systems that directly benefit the people, ensuring that the community reaps the rewards of its hard work.
Multiplying the Movement: Fresh Future Farm isn’t just a local endeavor; it’s part of a broader movement to end food apartheid. By addressing systemic injustices, Jenkins and her team aim to inspire similar initiatives across the nation.
The Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood is just one of the 11 food deserts in North Charleston alone, reflecting a nationwide challenge.