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Sep 21, 2022

Sweet Grass Vodka establishing operations in Charleston County

  This story was updated Sept 22. Sweet Grass Vodka, a family-owned spirits and distilling company, will establish front-door operations in Charleston County with a new location open to the public. The company’s $1.7 million investment will create 47 new jobs, according to a news release from the state Department of C[...]

Jun 15, 2022

Food manufacturer sets up Walterboro operations

Companies are always announcing what they plan to do — investments they intend to make and employees they intend to hire. Gehl Foods LLC on Tuesday announced what they’ve already done. The food and manufacturing company is already operating in Walterboro at a new facility creating products found on grocery shelves. The company’s $46 million investment […]

May 17, 2022

Plant closure ominous news for SC dairy industry

By Christina Lee Knauss Borden Dairy’s recent decision to shutter its North Charleston manufacturing plant is a sign of dairy’s continued decline in South Carolina, according to one expert who monitors the industry. Dallas-based Borden Dairy Co. announced in mid-April that “after a financial and operational rev[...]

Apr 12, 2022

Floral business moving to larger location in Park Circle

Toni Reale of Roadside Blooms floral shop in North Charleston has firmly planted her roots in the Park Circle community and is now expanding with a bigger, more permanent shop.  Ten years ago, Reale, serving as the CEO, lead designer and creative director, launched her initial entrepreneurial endeavor, an eco-friendly event[...]

Jan 14, 2022

Charleston farm to sell produce in 303 Food Lion stores

Food Lion has partnered with a Charleston hydroponics farm to sell its fresh, leafy produce in 303 Southeast grocery stores. For Vertical Roots, an indoor, hydroponic container farm, the partnership brings the company’s reach to more than 2,000 grocery stores in 13 states across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, the company [...]

Nov 24, 2021

Second helpings, anyone?

(click for larger version) Sources: S.C. Department of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation

Aug 26, 2021

Charleston indoor saltwater farm growing ‘stevia for salt’

The call came in with a three-day lead time — a client in Maryland had run out of product and needed 50% of their usual order delivered to them by 5 a.m. Monday. With no other way to fulfill this last-minute order, the small team of 12 at Heron Farms decided that one of them […]

Jul 8, 2021

Vertical Roots forges partnership with Southeast distributors

A Charleston-based hydroponics company has expanded to Atlanta as part of a growth plan that puts the company’s container farms near food distributors. Vertical Roots, which is an indoor, hydroponic container farm company that can grow leafy greens regardless of season, previously had two farming locations, in Charleston a[...]

May 21, 2021

West Ashley Farmers Market resumes through October

The West Ashley Farmers Market resumed operation this week with an “essentials-only” format from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The market will continue every Wednesday through Oct. 27 at Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave., the city of Charleston said in a news release. The essentials format for the farmers market includes specific vendors selling local produce and locally […]

Jan 5, 2021

SCDA accepting hemp farming applications for 2021 season

Farmers can now apply to grow hemp in South Carolina for the 2021 growing season. As of Jan. 1, the S.C. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for hemp farming permits through Feb. 28, the SCDA said in a news release. Since the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program was introduced in 2018, participants have g[...]

Oct 12, 2020

Haley to step down as Lowcountry Local First executive director

After nearly 15 years, Jamee Haley is stepping down as executive director of Lowcountry Local First. She made the announcement today in a personal letter to LLF supporters. Haley’s last day is expected to be Dec. 31, at which time she’ll serve in a consultant capacity, supporting fundraising efforts, onboarding the n[...]

Aug 3, 2020

Hempgrid aims to strengthen the hemp supply chain

By Lorne Chambers Contributing writer Hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers in the world. It’s even stronger than some metal chains. Yet hemp’s supply chain still remains somewhat capricious in this country. A new S.C.-based startup aims to fuel innovation and forge links where none may have existed before. “We do not promote […]