2018 SC Farm to Institution Summit


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South Carolina Farm to Institution, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s Division of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and School Health, is excited to announce that together we will be hosting the second annual SC Farm to Institution Summit. This year’s theme is Planting Seeds of Innovation.

The Summit will take place on August 28-29, 2018. Pre-summit short courses will be hosted on Tuesday the 28th. Attendees are asked to provide their own transportation and lunch for some of the trips scheduled for this day. A reception with light refreshments for all conference attendees will be held at the Hyatt Regency located at 220 North Main Street in Greenville, SC on the evening of the 28th. All conference activities on Wednesday the 29th will be held at the Hyatt Regency from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A local breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The purpose of the summit is to bring together key farm to institution players to further encourage local procurement, reinforce healthy, local food education, and provide the skills to establish a garden, farmers’ market or community supported agriculture (CSA) program on site. The second day will begin with an overview of both SC Farm to Institution as well as the Diabetes Prevention Program South Carolina. Innovative South Carolina Farmer, Stefanie Swackhamer, General Manager of Tiger Corner Farms will be the keynote speaker. Breakout sessions will reach a wide variety of farm to institution audiences including schools, child care centers, worksites, food service, distributors, and farmers. To facilitate planting the seeds of innovation, all sessions will include an emphasis on innovation, in particular learning from innovative South Carolina leaders. 

Stefanie Swackhamer

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pre-summit workshops

Upstate Farm Tour ($25 and includes Wednesday’s Summit Registration)

8:00 am – 3:00 pm [map link]

Sponsored by South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program in partnership with Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

8:00 am • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

300 College St, Greenville SC 29601

Visitor parking is available in the Heritage Green Parking deck located behind the Hughes Main Library. $4, cash/check only. Walk to the bus loading zone in front of the museum.

8:15 am departure
9:00 – 10:30 am • District 6 at Cragmoor Farms

This 49-acre farm is protected through a conservation agreement and leased to Spartanburg County School District 6 for its Farm to School program. The farm provides fruits and vegetables to the district’s 15 schools and educational opportunities for its 11,000 students.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm • Thicketty Mountain Farms

Thicketty Mountains Farm is a diverse family farm producing grass-fed beef and sustainably grown vegetables (tour will visit vegetable operation). Learn about their holistic approach to farming and hear about some of the challenges of wholesale distribution that small farms face.

1:15 – 3:00 pm • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

(Bus will leave after dropping passengers at TCMU.)

Lunch will be provided at Seedlings, a farm to table restaurant at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, with 80% of its ingredients sourced locally. Learn about the museum programs that have had an agricultural focus (e.g., hydroponic garden, chicken egg incubator), then explore the museum on your own.

The Joy in Classroom Foundation, Parent-Child Interaction Garden Short Course at A Child’s Haven, Inc. ($10)

10:00 am – 11:30 am [map link]

Learn about how The Joy in Classroom Foundation-Child Interaction Garden at A Child’s Haven promotes healthy eating habits, teaches strategies to manage stress and teaches parents of young children how to create their own home garden. The staff designed the program using the Parents as Teachers treatment model. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about the process, tour the facility and gardens and see the children interacting with the garden. Attendees will also gain ideas and strategies of how to begin a parent-child interaction garden at their facility. The course will be held at 20 Martin Drive, Greenville, SC 29617.

Furman Farm at the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability & Bon Appétit Dining Short Course ($10)

1:30 – 3:00pm [map link]

Furman has developed a national reputation for its innovative approach to sustainability. This has led to the development of a successful on-campus farm-to-table partnership with a dining company that believes in healthy, local food sources. The Furman Farm is associated with Furman’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and teaches students and the community how to develop sustainable and healthy food options. While the farm is only a quarter-acre, a wide variety of produce is grown throughout the year using organic practices such as crop rotations, composting, drip lines, natural fertilizers, and integrated pest management. In addition to procurement from local and regional farms, a portion of the crops produced in the Furman Farm is given to Furman’s Dining Hall to supply the Furman community with fresh, local, and seasonal products. The dining company at Furman, Bon Appétit, has a very unique kitchen philosophy that makes them a valuable asset: cook from scratch, use fresh and authentic ingredients, and purchase local and seasonal products. Bon Appétit is proud that their freezers are small and their deliveries of fresh produce and whole foods are big. At the end of the day, scraps from the Furman Dining Hall are composted to create a nutritious soil to fertilize the plants at the Furman Farm. This short course will include a tour of the Furman Farm and the Bon Appétit kitchen to learn about how these efforts are impacting the community through full-circle sustainability efforts while providing healthy food options. The course will start at the David E. Shi Center of Sustainability located at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, South Carolina. Please plan to wear comfortable walking shoes for a lake-side stroll from the Furman Farm to the Bon Appétit kitchens at Furman’s Dining Hall.

Mill Village Farms & FoodShare Short Course ($10)

1:30 – 3:00 pm [map link]

Learn about how Mill Village Farms is impacting their local community through urban farms and youth empowerment programs that improve access to fresh and healthy food across Greenville county. Attendees will hear about their FoodShare Greenville program, modeled after a successful concept in Columbia, SC. This innovative FoodShare program packages and delivers affordable produce boxes every other week directly to low-income families through churches, community centers, and healthcare clinics. Hear from a community healthcare professional on how the FoodShare program is working within a medical setting and how it’s improving their patients’ health. The course will include a tour of their urban farm, greenhouse, and community kitchen. Attendees will have an opportunity to volunteer and help prep their next round of FoodShare produce boxes for the community. Please plan to wear comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen and water as most of the course will be outdoors. The course will be held at their Sullivan Street Farm located on the campus of Long Branch Baptist Church, 28 Bolt St, Greenville, SC 29611. 

Evening Reception (FREE admission with any short course or full-day summit ticket)

4:30 – 6:00 pm [map link]

All conference attendees are invited to attend a reception with light refreshments, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency located at 220 North Main Street in Greenville, SC from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM on the evening of August 28th.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Second Annual South Carolina Farm to Institution Summit

Hyatt Regency  •  220 N Main Street  •  Greenville, South Carolina
8:30am – 3:30pm 

[map link]

COST $10

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Greenville for $93 per night (the GSA rate) from August 27th – August 29th. The cutoff date was August 10, 2018, however rooms at this rate may remain available per the discretion of the Hyatt. To reserve your room, visit https://book.passkey.com/go/farmtoinstitutionsummit.

Detailed Agenda

Session Descriptions

10:45 am – 12:00 pm


GARDENING 101This interactive session will provide the foundation for establishing a garden of any size at any setting in South Carolina. Planning, maintaining, and harvesting from the garden will all be covered and emphasis will be placed on finding innovative ways to involve children in the process. 

Weatherly Thomas • majort@clemson.edu

Richland Co. Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent

Clemson University


WHOLESALE READINESSThis session will explore selling in wholesale markets and discuss steps for farmers to become wholesale ready. Based on Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s “Building Wholesale Capacity Initiative,” this session aims to assess a farmer’s wholesale readiness and help navigate the unique logistics of selling products wholesale. Discussions will also include postharvest handling strategies, food safety, and other wholesale buyer requirements.

Sarah Bostick • sarah@carolinafarmstewards.org

Farm Services Coordinator

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association



MARKETING FRESH PRODUCELearn more about marketing your fresh, local produce. This session will go over the basic principles of marketing, branding, and crafting a message before taking a deeper dive to help consumers understand branding food from the farm to the table.

Robert Clifton  robert.clifton@rawl.net

Marketing Coordinator

Walter P. Rawl and Sons, Inc.

Elizabeth Wynn  elizabeth.wynn@chernoffnewman.com

Account Supervisor

Chernoff Newman


HEALTHY FOOD PREPARATION TECHNIQUES – This interactive session led by South Carolina SNAP-Ed will focus on unique, healthy food preparation tips and techniques, recipes, and resources to take back to use at home or in a child care center, school, workplace or other community setting.

QuinTasha Knox    knoxqs@dhec.sc.gov

Nutrition Education Coordinator, SNAP-Ed

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Sharon Lone    sharonl@clemson.edu

Health Educator, SNAP-Ed

Clemson University

Joanna Smyers    jsmyers@clemson.edu

Program Coordinator, SNAP-Ed

Clemson University


1:45 – 3:00 pm


SUSTAINABLE GARDENING AND AGRICULTURE EDUCATIONThis session will focus on pioneering sustainable garden techniques as well as learning techniques for being hands-on in the field with both children and adults, highlighting examples from Greenville Technical College and South Carolina Ag in the Classroom.

Rebecca McKinney    rebecca.mckinney@gvltec.edu

Academic Program Director, Sustainable Agriculture

Greenville Technical College

Stephanie Sox    ssox@scfb.org

Division Director, Promotion & Education

South Carolina Farm Bureau


PLANNING WITH LOCAL GROWERSLearn more about the South Carolina Food Hub Network and hear from procurement and distribution experts on how growers and institutions can work with food hubs and local distributors to market, sell, and purchase local products.

Sara Clow    sarac@growfoodcarolina.com

General Manager

GrowFood Carolina

Kristi Inglis    kristi@blackbirdspecialties.com


Black Bird Specialties

Mary Walsh    mary@swamprabbitcafe.com


Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery


FOOD ENTREPRENEURSHIPThis session will provide an overview of innovative resources and programs in South Carolina for food entrepreneurs ranging from resources for establishing a business, understanding rules and regulations, and opportunities for connecting with growers, business owners, and other food entrepreneurs. Examples will be highlighted from South Carolina programs including, but not limited to, Feeding Innovation, the Agribusiness Center for Research & Entrepreneurship, and both Clemson’s New and Beginning Farmer Program and Food2Market program.

Will Culler    wculler@clemson.edu

Regional Agribusiness Development Agent, Lexington County

Clemson University

Dr. Dave Lamie    dlamie@clemson.edu

Professor of Agribusiness and Rural Development

Clemson University

Kyle Player    kplayer@scda.sc.gov

Project Coordinator, Agribusiness Center for Research & Entrepreneurship

South Carolina Department of Agriculture


INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR EMPOWERING MULTI-STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT TO IMPROVE DIABETES CARE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATIONThis session will discuss innovative approaches implemented at Greenville Health System related to DSMES and other CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, and will include local resource partnerships to assist in the management or prevention of chronic diseases and conditions.

Dr. Meredith Eicken    meicken@ghs.org


Greenville Health System

Michelle Stancil    mstancil3@ghs.org   

Registered Nurse

Greenville Health System

 Highlights from the 2017 South Carolina Farm to Institution Summit