City Roots, a family-owned urban farm and agribusiness destination plans to expand operations in Columbia, South Carolina. The $4.4 million project is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next five years in Richland County.
Located at 1630 Longwood Road, the new site will allow the company to create a microgreen-integrated production facility, including a state-of-the-art greenhouse structure, which will be open for agricultural tours and workshops for new and beginning farmers. The expansion is expected to be complete by spring 2023.
"City Roots is excited to expand its organic farm and greenhouse production in Richland County. The new facility will be highly efficient, sustainable and will continue to employ and feed people here in our local community,” City Roots Co-Founder Eric McClam said.
The new location will also include a solar farm that will provide energy for the facility’s needs.
“We are excited that City Roots continues to thrive throughout the Richland County community and beyond. City Roots’ innovative approach to urban farming and agribusiness education is to be commended, and we look forward to their continued positive impact,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III said.
Established in 2009, City Roots serves top restaurants, chefs, grocery retailers and food distributors across the Southeast. From microgreens to baby herbs, the company produces fresh, organic vegetables locally. Known for sustainable farming, City Roots strives to educate the community through farm tours, incorporating the benefits of environmentally friendly farming practices.