A Living Classroom

The MUSC Urban Farm provides a place where students, faculty, staff, and the Charleston community can come together to learn about the connection between land and food. The .5 acre farm, located on the corner of Bee & President Streets, hosts workshops, seminars, volunteer workdays, and tours for local schools. Participants are educated on the value of incorporating vegetables into their diets through cooking and nutrition lessons and will experience a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on learning about sustainable urban agriculture. The MUSC Urban Farm hosts educational programs throughout the growing season demonstrating accessible, preventative approaches that can improve diet and impact health.

The mission of the MUSC Urban Farm is to build a healthier community by growing crops and social connections while educating and inspiring people with local, nutritious, and delicious food.

Background

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a public institution of higher learning dedicated to providing an excellent, collaborative education to our students, delivering highest quality, state-of-the-art patient centered care, being a world leader in the creation of new knowledge and its application, and serving the health care needs of the citizens of South Carolina while expanding outreach to people throughout the world. South Carolina is currently facing public health concerns related to poor diet and health behaviors and professionals across the state are working toward solutions for a healthier population. In keeping with our mission to improve health and maximize quality of life through education, research, and patient care, MUSC has chosen to develop a half-acre of the North Garden as an educational garden with the goal of creating opportunities for South Carolina residents to learn how to eat for health.

Get Involved

The Urban Farm is run primarily with support from community volunteers who participate in scheduled sessions, as a "friend of the farm" or get trained as a farm hand to help when time allows. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.

Volunteer "Work & Learn" Sessions are held multiple times a week on the Urban Farm (weather dependent) and are open to all community members. No farming  expertise is required, just a willingness to learn more about growing food and improving your health and wellness!

MUSC Urban Farm Weekly Volunteer Schedule-

  • Tuesdays: 12:15 pm- 2:45 pm
  • Wednesdays: 7:30 am-8:30 am
  • Thursdays: 4:00-5:00 pm
  • 1st & 3rd Saturday: 9:00 am-11:00 am

Crops Being Grown

The organic Urban Farm operates year round, with produce planted and harvested year-round. Over 40 varieties of vegetables, fruit, and herbs grown in South Carolina can be found in the farm. Visit the crops page to download information on how to plant, grow, harvest, and eat each of these unique and nutritionally valuable crops.

Schedule a Visit

The MUSC Urban Farm is available for group tours, educational programs, events, and meetings. Please complete the event request form and the farm coordinator will follow up with scheduling information. Fees may apply for non-MUSC groups.

Bees

There is a demonstration Urban bee hive on the farm to educate visitors about the roles bees play in our food system and allow for a closer look at this thriving inter-dependent colony.

Events

Employees Crops

Visit the events calendar to explore educational events and other projects going on at the Urban Farm. Monthly Lunch & Learn events as well as fun communities parties for all ages are offered from time to time.

 

Resources

Browse our library of informational guides and handouts for creating a healthy lifestyle including starting an urban growing space.