Council Initiatives

SCFPC initiatives work to contribute to the continued growth, promotion and protection of a healthy agricultural industry and a safe and plentiful food supply in South Carolina.

Food System Planning

The SC Food Policy Council helped inform and endorse the following plans and resources:


The following plans are for informational purposes only and are not officially endorsed by the SC Food Policy Council:

SC Local Food System Roadmap:
An inventory and resource guide to the local value chain

The SC Local Food System Roadmap project aims to develop an inventory map and resource directory to support the growth and development of South Carolina’s food system across the value chain from farm to table. As a state where agribusiness is the primary economic driver, it is crucial for South Carolina to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the industry to increase collaboration and avoid duplication in meeting the demand for local food. The Making Small Farms into Big Business Report created a solid foundation for further research, policy action, and resource development. As noted in the report, “further feasibility studies and business plans will be essential at each future stage to ensure that pragmatic steps are taken. Each step taken must ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that supply and demand are properly balanced.” Additionally, the report indicated that a key area of focus “lies in major markets, if schools, hospitals, and prisons were consistently purchasing food from local farms; if the distribution system were in place to convey larger quantities of South Carolina foods to South Carolina grocers, and if more food grown in-state were processed in local facilities and sold to South Carolina consumers.” The information regarding farmers, labor, processing, distribution, and sales is constantly evolving, with new players and projects entering the market on a regular basis with no existing clearinghouse available to source up-to-date information and contacts.


The SC Local Food System Roadmap project is developing a mapping tool and resource directory as an inventory to help those working in the supply chain to understand what, where, when, who, and how food is (or is not) getting from point “a” to point “b” while providing detailed information for each location. The mapping includes key infrastructure points such as farmers markets, processors, hubs, cold storage, and support organizations and the resource guide will provide interested parties with a detailed directory. The scope of the project is from fall of 2017 to summer of 2019, with continued support necessary to ensure the continued update of information listed in the directory. SC Local Food System Roadmap is under the umbrella of the South Carolina Food Policy Council, under the direction of Wit Meets Grit and in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, College of Charleston, Coastal Conservation League, Growfood Carolina, Lowcountry Local First, USC School of Public Health, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, SC Community Loan Fund, SC Farm Bureau, Charleston County Farm Bureau, and Central Midlands COG.


Methodology and Project Team

The SC Local Food System Roadmap is a project of the SC Local Food Policy Council, under the supervision of Nikki Seibert Kelley (Wit Meets Grit) and conducted in partnership with the College of Charleston’s Master of Environmental Studies Program with guidance from the director and research support from a graduate student. Project support and direction will be provided by the SC Food Policy Council and the above organizational partners. The supervised graduate student will utilize the model developed in North Carolina to collect data (available here: http://ptrc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=f62735865c1c4d0f83ad40baeb66d864 ), with ground truthing support provided by the advisory team and their broader network. In addition, the project will support the review and revision of Lowountry Local First’s Farmer Resource guide to ensure the data from the two studies are compatible and up-to-date. The two final products, a statewide inventory map and farmer resource guide, will be publicly available on the SC Food Policy Council Website and through project partners.


Timeline

2017

  • July - October: Finalize team members and funding support
  • October - December: Recruit graduate student and begin initial briefing.

 

2018

  • January - May: Project framework, refine methods, design data collection tools.
  • June - August: Begin data collection and development of online framework
  • August - December: Ground-truthing and final data refinement

 

2019

  • January - May: Input of data and initial proposed findings
  • May - July: Final report completed and presentation delivered