Clemson opens first Crop Shop on Johns Island

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Clemson has opened what's called a Crop Shop on James Island - the first farm kitchen of its kind in the state.

For $6 an hour, growers can use the kitchen to package and preserve produce to sell to schools, grocery stores and restaurants.

The building on Johns Island was designed by Clemson architecture students and is being managed by a nonprofit that provides food to the hungry.

To use the kitchen, growers must receive instruction in safe food handling and take a 10-week business-planning course through the Clemson Extension.

The Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development says in a release that organizations in other parts of the country are interested in also creating such kitchens.

Clemson plans to open a second Crop Shop in Greenville County on June.

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