City Roots is a family-owned, organic farm and agritourism destination located on an urban site in Columbia, SC. Our focus is growing microgreens in our greenhouses, using best practices and standards for growing high-quality, certified organic microgreens year-round.
We serve the Columbia community and points across the South East with our Microgreens, including top restaurants, chefs, grocery retailers and food distributors.
Our top priority is to grow the highest quality products while educating our community on the benefits of local food and stewarding the land we farm.
We come from humble beginnings in 2009, with a mission to produce clean, healthy and sustainably grown products. To this day, we aim to create a culture that enhances and educates our community about the benefits of locally grown food and environmentally friendly farming practices.
Our focus is growing microgreens in our greenhouses, using best practices and standards for growing high-quality, certified organic microgreens.
Our 8-acre urban farm has established a perennial part of community life for the residents of Columbia. While we only started out with the goal of putting plant roots in the ground, we are delighted with our added role of providing a fertile place for people to become rooted to. We have also established a much larger rural farm to strength our roots in the greater farming community at large.
Through our educational outreach and farm tours we are fortunate to educate our neighbors and future farmers about the benefit of local organic food. In addition, Foodies can experience the bounty of our farm at one of our partner F2T Productions many Harvest Dinners or on farm events.
Your health is important to us! Eating fresh local vegetables is not only one of the best things you can do to improve your health, but it's great for your tastebuds, too. Local, sustainably-grown food tastes better because it's fresh and there are no added preservatives. City Roots is a USDA-Certified Organic farm, which means our products are the safest for our customers because we grow them naturally without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
As a local business, we keep your dollars circulating in the local economy instead of sending them elsewhere. Several of us grew up in Columbia, SC and we are committed to making it a better place for everyone, residents & visitors alike! We employ locally, use local companies where we can and engage volunteers and civic leaders. Supporting us means that we can continue to engage and support our community.
We avoid polluting the land by avoiding synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Also, our produce is grown right here in town & not shipped thousands of miles, which saves energy and keeps CO2 out of the atmosphere. We practice environmentally-friendly farming practices such as cover cropping, composting, crop rotations, and offset a large part of our carbon foot print by with solar panels. Ultimately, we are constantly working to steward the land around us, cultivate the soil, the culture and the built environment that we call home.
Barn Structure – Designed to meet LEED standards, engage audiences and house some of our farm operations.
Vegetable Fields – Year round crop production in rotation with cover cropping.
Compost – For soil amendment and recycling leftover wood chips otherwise destined for a trash pile.
Perennials – Muscadine, Blueberries, Figs, floral pollinator habitats.
Microgreens – Year round microgreen production.
Agritourism – Promotes organic and sustainable farming education and engagement within our community.
Oyster Shell Recycling Station – to the left of the farm's entrance is an oyster shell recycling station where community members can drop off used oyster shells. After letting the shells dry for 6 months, the Department of Natural Resources will pick them up and haul them out to the state's estuaries, where the dumped shells provide a surface for free-swimming larvae to clamp onto, ensuring future oyster harvests!