On the Orangeburg campus of South Carolina State University, organic vegetables grow in raised beds. The university’s Environmental Action Group helps plant and harvest the community garden, which was started last year.

“We gave out mustard greens, different types of kale, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower,” says senior Brandon Galloway.

Galloway founded the student group in part because he was concerned that the local community lacked access to fresh produce. He worries that as the world’s population grows and climate change harms crops, food prices will rise and make food insecurity worse in low-income communities.

“What’s going to happen is the cost of food is going to increase significantly,” he says. “The communities that are going to be affected the most are going to be those front-line communities that are already in poverty, already have little to no access to fresh and healthy food.”

He says growing vegetables helps the community provide for itself and prepare for changes to come.

The garden has also been a way for him to talk to more people about climate and environmental justice issues.

“There are so many like-minded individuals who share the same passion and the same fire and the same drive,” he says.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

Topics: Food & Agriculture