The goals of SC Plants the Seed are to promote early literacy and lifelong learning, to increase awareness about locally farmed produce, to provide lower income and rural populations the chance to buy healthier foods, and to educate residents about safe food preparation and storage.
Public libraries, in partnership with the South Carolina State Library, Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Environmental Control, and local farmers, will provide training on nutritional foods and free children’s books to all SC Plants the Seed attendees. If you spend $5.00 in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you will receive $10.00 worth of SNAP Healthy Bucks tokens to purchase produce from the approved Healthy Bucks farmers. Anyone is able to purchase produce with SNAP, Healthy Bucks tokens, credit cards, debit cards, or cash. DHEC will provide samples to attendees so they can taste recipes that use the produce available.
SC Plants the Seed will take place at the following locations. These events are free and open to the public, and produce is available for purchase from the farmers.
Lee County | Lee County Public Library
200 North Main Street
Bishopville, SC 29010
SC Plants the Seed will take place at the library in Bishopville on the following Wednesdays: June 14, July 12, and August 9 from 1-5 p.m.
Lee County will also host SC Plants the Seed at the Spring Hill Community Center (137 Shiver Pond Road in Rembert, SC 29128) on the following Tuesdays: June 13, July 11, and August 8 from 1-5 p.m.
Lexington County | Lexington County Public Library System
206 Pine Street
Pelion, SC 29123
SC Plants the Seed will take place at the Pelion branch on the following Thursdays: June 29, July 27, and August 24 from 1-5 p.m.
Orangeburg County | Orangeburg County Library
510 Louis Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
SC Plants the Seed will take place at the main branch every Thursday starting June 8 - August 17 from noon-6 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact your library at the information above, or Andersen Cook, Statewide Initiatives Coordinator for the SC State Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 545-4432.