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 SAGEgrown, a new farm growing collective formed by graduates of the inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs class and a program of the Charleston Area Alliance, will begin selling at the East End Bazaar starting this weekend.

At 10 a.m. May 3, SAGEgrown will launch sales at East End Bazaar, located at the corner of Ruffner and Washington Street East in downtown Charleston.

The first graduates of the farmer-training program prepared for the season by developing a business model that includes growing cooperatively in urban spaces and selling sustainable "microfarm" products to local consumers and restaurants. In early March, SAGEgrown operators expanded to a new site when community volunteers helped prepare SAGE's second microfarm for planting on a 1.25 acre lot near Rebecca Street on Charleston's West Side. Through support provided the Alliance, SAGE graduates will continue to be “incubated” at Rebecca Street, which doubles the amount of growing space compared to the location on Ohio Street. The plan is to pack the space with heirloom tomatoes, red and golden beets, cooking greens, cut flowers and more. The Ohio Street microfarm will be utilized again this growing season to train an entirely new class of entrepreneurs interested in agriculture-based businesses.

"It's an exciting venture that requires hard work. The SAGE business model allows us to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities while addressing a serious need of the community - access to fresh, local and sustainably grown produce," noted SAGE graduate and grower, Kathy Moore of Teays Valley.

With SAGEgrown retailing their produce at the East End Bazaar every Saturday, shoppers can purchase a variety of fresh produce, herbs and cut flowers through the growing season

“At East End Main Street, we know the only we can continue our mission of growing a strong business district and neighborhood is through strong partnerships. We're excited to begin a successful relationship with the Alliance's SAGE program as our new produce vendor at the East End Bazaar," said Ric Cavender, executive director of East End Main Street.