City Roots is a family-owned, organic farm and agritourism destination located on an urban site in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, SC. Our main focus is growing greenhouse microgreens and organic root vegetables for our gourmet pickles.
We serve the Columbia community and points across the South East with our products, including top restaurants, chefs, grocers and farmers markets.
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.
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!