City Roots, South Carolina's first urban farm, grows good food naturally in the heart of Columbia, while promoting sustainable living through food, education and events.

City Roots' Farm Manager and Co-Owner Eric McClam on WISTV's "Palmetto Weekend" 8.20.2016


City Roots is a family-owned, 3-acre organic farm, farm store, and agritourism destination located on an urban site in the Rosewood neighborhood of Columbia, SC. We grow a wide variety of organic produce, fresh herbs, flowers and mushrooms using a holistic farming approach. We serve the Columbia community and points across the state with our products, including top restaurants, chefs and grocers, and proudly offer a Community Supported Agriculture program.

Our top priority is to produce the highest quality products while educating our community on the benefits of local food and stewarding the land we farm. From humble beginnings in 2009, we now operate with a staff of over 15 people to ensure our patrons in Columbia and the surrounding areas clean, healthy and sustainable produce year-round.




Host your next event at City Roots, Columbia's signature in-town farm venue for weddings, receptions, cocktails, luncheons, corporate meetings, festivals and more. The farm grounds and a selection of LEED-designed facilities indoors and out make an ideal setting to host all types of occasions. 

Need your event catered? We've got you covered with our partner Farm to Table Event Co.'s full catering and event planning services. Let us take care of the details, allowing you to relax as the simple, natural beauty surrounding the farm unfolds throughout your event, leaving a lasting impression on you and your guests.



Curious about what we do? Come visit! Fresh produce can be purchased inside our barn, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We offer farm tours and educational programming to learn about local organic agriculture and sustainability on our working farm. 

Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday SEASONAL hours

1005 Airport Blvd
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 254-2302 |

*We accept SNAP at the farm and at market

Find us at Soda City Farmers Market on Main Street every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm!

Our products are grown naturally, ensuring the highest quality for our customers. 

Our products are USDA-Certified Organic and Certified SC Grown, ensuring our customers healthy, clean and locally grown food with peak flavor and freshness. We grow over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and mushrooms, striving to provide a steady supply of fresh, seasonal produce for all of our customers. The majority of our field crops grow in the leased acreage behind Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, allowing us to utilize the City Roots farmland for greenhouse production of microgreens and speciality products such as herbs, edible flowers and cut flowers. We also lease a warehouse adjacent to the farm where we house our mushroom operation, growing mainly different varieties of oyster mushrooms. 




FRESH PRODUCE: Baby Arugula, Bok Choy*, Braising Mix, Tokyo Bekana, Mustard Frills, Orient Express Eggplant  
(*limited quantities available)


IN THE COOLER: Wil-Moore Farm Fresh Eggs, City Roots Farm Fresh Eggs, Microgreens, Craft Beer and Wine

COMING UP THIS FALL: Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Napa Cabbage, Radish, Spinach, Swiss Chard




 At City Roots, we strive to plant the seeds of sustainability to take root throughout our community.

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.  

We keep bees not only for honey but for pollination, and raise chickens not only for eggs, but for the fertility they add to our soil. We do extensive crop rotations and cover cropping for soil fertility and pest management.  We have a large scale composting operation which we use to amend our soil and by doing so have diverted hundreds of tons of material destined for the land fill into rich, fertile soil. We produce microgreens year round and operate an aquaponic system which is the combination of aquaculture, the production of commercial fish (tilapia), and hydroponics, the growing of plants in a water medium, that mimics a stream and pond ecosystem.  We operate our farm in a holistic fashion with each part playing an integral role in the overall system. 

Our 3-acre 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.

Apiary for pollination and honey

Apiary for pollination and honey

why sustainable farming?

Benefits You

Your health is important to us! Eating fresh local vegetables is not only one of the best things you can do to improve your health, but it's great for your tastebuds, too.  Local, sustainably-grown food tastes better because it's fresh and there are no added preservatives. City Roots is a USDA-Certified Organic farm, which means our products are the safest for our customers because we grow them naturally without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

BENEFITS the community

As a local business, we keep your dollars circulating in the local economy instead of sending them elsewhere. Several of us grew up in Columbia, SC and we are committed to making it a better place for everyone, residents & visitors alike! We employ locally, use local companies where we can and engage volunteers and civic leaders. Supporting us means that we can continue to engage and support our community. 


We avoid polluting the land by avoiding synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Also, our produce is grown right here in town & not shipped thousands of miles, which saves energy and keeps CO2 out of the atmosphere. We practice environmentally-friendly farming practices such as cover cropping, vermicomposting, aquaponics, and using solar panels. Ultimately, we are constantly working to steward the land around us, cultivate the soil, the culture and the built environment that we call home. 


Some of our sustainable farming practices at work!

Barn Structure and Event Pavilion – designed to meet LEED standards, engage audiences and house some of our farm operations
Vegetable Fields –  approximately 3 acres in cultivation in crop rotation with cover cropping
Apiary – for pollination and honey
Compost – for soil amendment and recycling leftover wood chips otherwise destined for a trash pile
Perennials – Blackberry, Asparagus, Muscadine, Blueberries, Figs
Free Range Chickens – chicken tractor, egg production, cultivation, soil amendment via manure
Herb Garden – Medicinal, culinary, fragrance, dye, cutting
Tilapia – 3,000 gallon tank with 1500 tilapia raised in an aquaponic system
Aquaponic Sytem – close loop symbiotic system that serves as biological filter for Tilapia
Microgreens – year round microgreen production
Propagation/Plant starts – allows us to begin our seedling early for the season
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! .