The Oconee Cultivation Project (OCP) provides young people with opportunities to develop skills through mentoring and education in culinary, agricultural, and local food production practices so they have pride in their community and become productive citizens. During the summer, teens who participate in OCP's youth program, CultivaTeen, work at the Reid Learning Garden in Walhalla, SC. The garden covers a 1/4 acre of land, and is getting bigger every month. This summer, teen crew members will be harvesting a variety of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and herbs. Proceeds from sales help fund general operations of OCP so that we can continue educating youth on intentional living.
The Reid Learning Garden is pesticide and herbicide free, and uses compost from Clemson University's Cherry Crossing Research Center to yield healthy, thriving produce. OCP staff and teen crew members work diligently to keep the garden free of pests and weeds through manual inspections of the garden. As part of our vision, OCP and the Reid Learning Garden take pride in cultivating a community that celebrates local food, agricultural traditions, and sustainable living practices through the lessons and workshops offered during CultivaTeen.