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Growing Walterboro through agriculture | News | The Press and Standard

by | August 25, 2016 3:37 pm

Leaders from Walterboro and Colleton County government and a wide variety of organizations came to the meeting room of the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market last week to start a conversation.

The discussion — part of the Local Foods, Local Places initiative spearheaded by a variety of federal organizations — asked the question, “Where are we now, where do we want to be?”

Walterboro, one of 27 communities across the country admitted to the program this year, sought to address four economic development issues.

It sought ideas on:

n Revitalizing the downtown as a local foods and arts destination

n Growing the farmers market with programs to support existing vendors, attract new vendors and reach low-income residents.

n How to support operations of the community kitchen to meet the needs of local producers.

n How to develop a strategy to foster local and regional collaborations and involvement and create new partnerships.

Gary Brightwell, director of the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, said the program was designed to start the conversation.

A report based on the concerns and ideas expressed during the work session will be drafted and provided to the community.

The visit to Walterboro began on Tuesday afternoon when the program’s presenters were led on a tour of Walterboro by Brightwell.

They visited the Little Library and Bedon Lucas House, South Carolina Artisan Center, Old Bank Christmas and Bakery, various downtown businesses and Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary.

The opening session Tuesday evening laid the groundwork for Wednesday morning and afternoon discussion sessions.


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