Building Local Prosperity Week: Melvina Ravenel

Oct 22, 2018

“I love music, and I love what music does for me and I know what music does for others. And I like to make people feel good. …And the other part of my idea was wanting to lose weight and be healthier in my adult years. And I… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Christian Senger

Oct 22, 2018

“I did the typical big Charleston events and touristy things – which are all great, but I wasn’t digging into it until I had been here a while and started to meet people. And after 4 or 5 years here, around August 2011, I launched Holy City Sinner…. Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Mika Gadsden

Oct 22, 2018

“Moving here to Charleston as a sophomore in high school was a pivotal moment for me. As someone who was born and raised primarily in the Northeast, the Holy City didn’t always feel like home to me, especially as a teenager. Not only did I have to adjust… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Ellie Davis

Oct 17, 2018

“I guess it hadn’t struck me that people farm – even though I was wanting to go into farming. And now I’ve leased land and growing milkweed, pawpaw, peanuts- and potentially hemp. But it all started with Growing New Farmers Program and then MUSC (mentor farm) and figuring… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Laura Mewbourn

Oct 16, 2018

“I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing, if not for the Growing New Farmers Program because while I was ok with making the leap into farming, I wouldn’t have done it without some sort of educational experience to go with it. …Aside from all of the knowledge… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Sam Norton

Oct 16, 2018

“The people here [at Local Works] give wheels to your idea. …I’ve been to other incubator spaces and they put legs on snakes. They do things that you don’t need. But you do need for snakes to meet other snakes. You need people to encourage you – or… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Charlotte Caldwell

Oct 16, 2018

“I didn’t have a deep understanding of the value of eating local until I got to know women and men who represent local food everywhere. Through the inspirational stories they tell in The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us, they have forever changed my… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Ben Sinderman

Oct 16, 2018

“I have always had an interest in agriculture and sustainability. And I wanted to get more hands-on experience as well as make connections within the local agriculture community. The Growing New Farmers Program allowed me to do that. My goal going into the program was to change career… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Rachel & Jeremias Paul

Oct 16, 2018

“We solely roasted coffee for a couple of years, but realized quickly that we were missing the connection to people that we wanted to have – that people element that’s so crucial in the coffee culture. We were wholesaling successfully across the country, but wanted stronger ties to… Read More

Building Local Prosperity Week: Chip Jones

Oct 16, 2018

“I grew up on Sullivan’s Island and consider the entire Lowcountry to be my home. I attended Wando High School and then the College of Charleston – and went on to become a US Marine Corps combat veteran. I spent 26 years serving as a Federal Air Traffic… Read More