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Downtown Greenville neighborhood gets community farm

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Mill Village Farms' summer garden. (Courtesy Mills Village Farms) Mill Village Farms' summer garden. (Courtesy Mills Village Farms)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A downtown Greenville neighborhood will soon get more access to local, fresh produce.

Mill Village Farms has partnered with two local churches to build an urban farm in the Sullivan Community of Greenville, which will offer local residents fresh produce and jobs.

The farm will be run by local youth between ages 13 and 21 once it is built. The workers will receive basic job skill, entrepreneurship and organic farming training.

The produce grown will be distributed at the neighborhood farmer's market or donated to the Long Branch Baptist Church's food pantry.

SLIDESHOW: Volunteers build farm in Sullivan neighborhood

Long Branch's pastor Sean Dogan has partnered with the farm to help bring fresh food and jobs to the neighborhood. Grace Church is also supporting Mill Village Farms.

"This garden is majorly important, it gives this community a sense of pride," said Dogan. "It gives them a sense of purpose, it also allows us to sow seeds for our future. We believe here at Long Branch that our youth is our future and we just believe that this is a wonderful investment."

On Saturday, volunteers began building the farm and planting crops. The farm is located at located on the campus of Long Branch Baptist Church at 28 Bolt St. in Greenville.

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