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Experiential learning is education through direct involvement; offering staff-led tours, workshops, internship programs, volunteer opportunities, and dinners to help a community engage with local food.

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Douglas Gayeton

Experiential Learning

Location: City Roots Farm, Columbia, SC

Featuring: Robbie and Eric McClam, City Roots Farms

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand”. – Confucius

City Roots is the only urban farm in South Carolina growing food and providing an education and experiential outlet for their community. Robbie McClam and his son Eric converted an industrial-zoned brownfield site into City Roots in 2009. Since then, they’ve become a leader in the Columbia area, educating thousands of local youth through school tours and workshops. “As a society, we’ve lost touch with what seasonal availability and biodiversity mean,” Robbie says, “but through our presence we’ve taught others about building local food systems.”

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