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Goose Creek neighborhood breaks ground on agrihood farm and new amenities

October 25th, 2023

Original post by Kennedy Buck for >

Carnes Crossroads Neighborhood in Goose Creek is all set to break ground on exciting new amenities for the neighborhood, including an 11-acre farm planted in the heart of the community that will provide residents with fresh fruits and vegetables.

In addition to the farm, the neighborhood will be building a lake house, pickleball and tennis courts, and a pool with a water slide.

The farm is a part of the process of agrihood, which is when agriculture is integrated into a community.

Farm staff will plant everything from asparagus to zucchini, and the program will offer each household in the community a part of the harvest once a month through a share program.

Tripp Eldridge

“Whether you’re a grandparent or you have a toddler, there are opportunities to come in and share with your neighbor parts of your own food culture or share it intergenerational,” Tripp Eldridge, the Agrihood Designer for Carnes Crossroads, said. “So the young people know where food comes from, and we’re able to pass on important things to the extended families of our parts of life that revolve around food.”

The agrihood farm in the Carnes Crossroads Neighborhood will be one of the first in South Carolina.

The neighborhood currently has over 800 homes and staff say the agrihood farm will provide an opportunity for neighbors to connect and bond over their love of food.

Farm staff will also host workshops where neighbors can volunteer and experiment with gardening themselves.

“Having a farm in the middle of the community allows us to shine a light on sustainability issues,” continued Eldridge. “How we’ll have a farm on staff to be land stewards and we’re planting trees that [sequester] carbon, and it’s all a part of being good stewards of the land.”

Wednesday morning’s ground breaking ceremony took place in the middle of the Carnes Crossroads neighborhood, and the ceremony featured a speech from Goose Creek Mayor Greg Habib.

Staff say they hope to begin planting some of their first fruits and vegetables by the end of 2024.

Original post by Kennedy Buck for >