The Lettuce LocalMotive, an upfitted scaled version of a container farm coming to Mount Pleasant this weekend

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Did you know modern farmers can grow lettuce without using dirt? Or land, for that matter? Did you know they can harvest crops 365 days a year, regardless of hurricanes or draughts? They can if they’re growing lettuce hydroponically in a container farm. Hydroponic farming is a method of growing produce that uses water and nutrients, instead of soil.

As part of a year-long program to educate Publix customers about the benefits of hydroponic farming, and truly hyperlocal produce, The Lettuce LocalMotive, an upfitted scaled version of a container farm, will be on-site at Publix in Mt. Pleasant at 162 1125 Park W Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466 ?from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Customers are invited to step inside the interactive mobile farm to experience an actual hydroponic farming environment. Guided by Charleston, SC-based Vertical Roots farmers, the family-friendly event will showcase “a day in the life” of a hydroponic farmer, feature hands-on activities, and include salad bar samplings and giveaways. From hearing about how the shipping containers are converted into farms, to diving into the cloud-based technology behind the soil-less farming method, guests will learn all aspects of the sustainable benefits of hydro-farming.

If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to stop by. I’ve included some images from the Lettuce LocalMotive’s last stop as well as tour date infographics here, and am happy to answer any questions. Curious about more hydroponic farming facts? Read on below the sig line and check out this blog post over at Publix’s Checkout!




More Fun Facts About Hydroponic Farming

  • Hydroponic farms do not use soil, and instead utilize water and nutrients to grow produce. Vertical Roots lettuce is grown in a blend of all-natural coconut fiber, which is chemical- and pesticide residue- free.
  • Vertical Roots uses a cloud-based technology that monitors and controls the farm pod environment including the temperature, lighting and water dosage.
  • The technology even tracks every single seed to ensure food safety.
  • The technology also manages the water recycling and filtration, which ultimately utilizes 98% less water than traditional farming.
  • Vertical Roots farm pods are made from refurbished shipping containers and can be placed on any surface. This enables produce to be grown in communities that don’t have farm land, and promotes land conservation in communities that do.
  • The lettuce is grown 365 days a year. Each farm pod can produce 3,400 plants per harvest, and are harvested 15-16 times a year. That’s a lot of lettuce.
  • While 95% of lettuce is grown in Arizona and California and can travel up to 2,000 miles before it gets to the plate, hydroponic farms can be placed anywhere to provide fresh local produce to grocery stores within a closer radius.
  • Because of the controlled container environment and technology monitoring, hydroponic grown lettuce often contains more nutrients than traditional grown lettuce.

Upcoming South Carolina Lettuce LocalMotive Tour Dates

2.29 | Mt Pleasant 1125 Park West Blvd
3.07 | Columbia 4611 Hard Scrabble Rd
3.14 | Mt Pleasant 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
3.21 | Beaufort 61 Ladys Island Dr
3.28 | Clemson 1390 Tiger Blvd
4.18 | Hilton Head 11 Palmetto Bay Rd
4.25 | Myrtle Beach 2170 Oakheart Rd
5.02 | Charleston 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
5.16 | Bluffton 80 Baylor Dr
5.23 | Mt Pleasant 1720 Shoremeade Rd (GreenWise Market)

College of Charleston among Peace Corps’ 2020 top volunteer-producing schools?

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CHICAGO – Peace Corps announced today that College of Charleston ranked No. 14 among medium schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. There are 21 Cougars currently volunteering in countries around the world.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the College of Charleston has ranked among the top 25 medium schools. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, over 290 alumni from the College of Charleston have served abroad as volunteers.

“These schools are institutions that emphasize being global citizens and service-minded students,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am excited to know the graduates coming from Peace Corps’ Top Colleges are using their skills to make a positive impact on their communities at home and abroad.”

There are 80 volunteers from South Carolina currently serving worldwide and 1,741 South Carolinians have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. South Carolina volunteers are among the more than 240,000 Americans who have served around the world in areas such as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development since 1961.?

“College of Charleston is a melting pot of different backgrounds and experiences. My professors were constantly encouraging me to see what the world had to offer and to take advantage of it. The people I met made me eager to experience new cultures, with an open mind, and try to do some good in this world. My time at the college pushed me out of my comfort zone, and helped me make the decision to serve in Botswana,” said Addison Byrd, a volunteer in Botswana.?

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below, find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2020 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison – 79

2. University of Florida – 70

3. University of Virginia – 68

4. University of Maryland – College Park – 66

5. University of Georgia – 64

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1. George Washington University – 62

2. American University – 48

3. College of William and Mary – 46

4. University of Vermont – 45

5. Tulane University – 34

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1. St. Lawrence University – 19

2. Dartmouth College – 15

3. Eckerd College – 14

4. Bucknell University – 13 (tied)

4. Allegheny – 13 (tied)

4. Whitman College–13 (tied)

Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:

1. George Washington University – 14

2. New York University – 11 (tied)

2. Tulane University – 11 (tied)

2. University of South Florida –11 (tied)

2. University of Washington – 11 (tied)

Historical, Since 1961:

1. University of California – Berkeley – 3,741

2. University of Wisconsin – Madison – 3,369

3. University of Washington – 3,101

4. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – 2,775

5. University of Colorado – Boulder – 2,556

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2019 data as of September 30, 2019, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Celebrities Born on February 29th – Leap Day Babies!!!

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Ever wonder who was born on the rare February 29th that only occurs once every four years? Here are a few notables.

February 29, 1468, Paul III, last Renaissance Pope (1534-49) is born

February 29, 1736, Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

February 29, 1828, Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela is born

February 29, 1836, Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position and the man who introduced the bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1908)

February 29, 1840, John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and father of the modern submarine, born in Liscannor, Ireland (d. 1914)

February 29, 1840 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1908)

February 29, 1904, Jimmy Dorsey, American orchestra leader (Stage Show), born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania

February 29, 1904, Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen – Holds the record for the longest ever personal name, born in Bergedorf, Germany (d. 1997)

February 29, 1916, Dinah Shore – American singer and actress (d. 1994)

February 29, 1920, Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)

February 29, 1924, Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)

February 29, 1936, Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; NHL All-Star x 9; Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec1960 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker

February 29, 1940, Billy Turner Jr., American Thoroughbred flat racing trainer (US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing 1977, Seattle Slew), born in Rochester, New York

February 29, 1944, Dennis Farina, actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)

February 29, 1960, Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker

February 29, 1972, Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)

February 29, 1976, Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

February 29, 1984, Cullen Jones, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle 2008; 4x100m medley relay 2012), born in NYC, New York

February 29, 1984, Mark Foster American singer, songwriter, and musician is born

Steinberg Law Firm Voted the “Best Law Firm in Summerville”

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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2020 – Earlier this month, Summerville Journal Scene reported that its readers voted the Steinberg Law Firm as the best law firm in Summerville. The Summerville Journal Scene is a local publication that dates back to the 1940s. The paper is delivered weekly to over 22,000 homes in the Dorchester County area. Summerville Communications, Inc., the parent company of Summerville Journal Scene, also publishes the Berkeley Independent and The Gazette.

The Steinberg Law Firm is a local Summerville personal injury and workers’ compensation firm that has offices located in Summerville, Goose Creek, and Charlottesville. The dedicated attorneys at the firm handle cases on behalf of those who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence. The firm routinely pursues compensation for injury victims following car accidents, slip-and-falls, and incidents of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence.

Readers of the Summerville Journal Scene considered all area law firms when determining that Steinberg Law Firm was the best law practice in Summerville. The firm is known for its deep community roots, which go back over 90 years, when the firm’s founder, Irving Steinberg created a firm to represent the interests of those who needed a voice. Since then, Steinberg Law Firm has grown significantly, opening two additional regional offices and expanding its practice areas significantly.

According to readers, one of the most appreciated aspects of Steinberg Law Firm is that the firm measures its success by getting clients’ lives back on track. Unlike other law firms that focus their representation only on the most serious cases, Steinberg Law Firm represents clients in all types of claims and works quickly and efficiently to work towards the client’s stated goals. A major part of representing an injury victim, according to the partners at the firm, is listening to what is important to that individual client.

The skilled attorneys at Steinberg Law have over 170 years of combined legal experience handling South Carolina workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Since the firm’s creation over 90 years ago, Steinberg Law attorneys have provided exceptional representation to clients dealing with personal injury and workers’ compensation claims in and around the Charleston, South Carolina area. The firm can be contacted at

Steinberg Law Firm

61 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 720-2800

118 S Goose Creek Blvd
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Phone: (843) 572-0700

103 Grandview Drive Suite A
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: (843) 871-6522

The Blackbaud Institute Releases Annual Benchmarking Data to Empower Social Good Organizations

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Eighth annual Charitable Giving Report reveals continued growth of online and mobile donations

Charleston, S.C. (February 18, 2020) — The Blackbaud Institute, a research division of Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today releases its eighth annual Charitable Giving Report, offering benchmarking data based on the largest analysis of overall and online giving statistics for social good organizations. Through the Charitable Giving Report, the Blackbaud Institute is equipping organizations with resources to inform their strategies by enabling them to compare their organization to peers – across size and subsector – and identify areas of strength and opportunity heading into the new year. While this year’s report offers year-over-year statistics on giving consistent with past reports, it also includes deeper analysis of the largest data set of donations and more context around the numbers than ever before to help social good organizations navigate and thrive in the ever-changing charitable giving landscape.

Additional new features to the Charitable Giving Report, include:

  • Insight into how to use trend data to benchmark.
  • Highlights of the practices organizations should be using to ensure they can continue to attract, engage and retain donors to achieve greater success in 2020 and beyond.
  • More data by subsector to provide organizations with a clearer picture of how they’re benchmarking against similar organizations, such as the average gift size and the average online gift size by subsector.
  • A view of the three-year trends in overall and online giving by organization size and subsector to uncover long-term trends.

“We created the Blackbaud Institute to lead groundbreaking research and insights to equip a thriving social good sector for impact. The Charitable Giving Report isn’t just a compilation of interesting statistics, tables and charts—it provides an opportunity to see where giving is—and more importantly where it can go if leaders use this data to inform their decisions,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of product management and senior advisor to the Blackbaud Institute. “This year, we’ve taken a broader view of giving trends to provide a more representative perspective of what is happening with charitable giving, and it reveals charitable giving is continuing to evolve with our changing world. In the last year alone, online donations have increased nearly 7% and more than a quarter of those online donations come from a mobile device.”

The 2019 Charitable Giving Report includes giving data from 8,210 nonprofit organizations representing $36.3 billion in fundraising revenue as well as online giving data from 5,204 nonprofit organizations representing $2.7 billion in online fundraising revenue.

Key Giving Trends from the Charitable Giving Report:

  • A 3-year view of fundraising from the same organizations reveals a 5.1% growth in overall giving and an increase of nearly 10% for online donations.
  • Online giving in 2019 grew 6.8% year-over-year for the 5,204 nonprofit organizations in the analysis, while overall giving in 2019 grew 1.0% for the 8,210 nonprofit organizations included in the report.
  • The percentage of fundraising from online giving continues to grow with 8.7% of total fundraising stemming from online giving in 2019. Additionally, small nonprofits continued to show the largest year-over-year growth in percentage of total fundraising stemming from online giving.
  • In 2019, an estimated 26% of online donations were made using mobile devices. This has grown steadily since 2014 when it was just 9% of online donations.
  • While the median donation amount for gifts below $1,000 in the U.S. has remained steady at $20 for years, the median donation amount for gifts above $1,000 in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2016, now clocking in at $2,500.
  • The average donor age in the U.S. remains largely unchanged at 63, which has been consistent since 2016.

Read the full 2019 Charitable Giving Report at In addition to this report, view additional resources from the Blackbaud Institute, including The Explorer, the premier online knowledge base for information and statistics about social good. The Explorer gives users the ability to easily and quickly search and access the social good statistics and best practices that matter to them by pulling the latest data and trends from the sector’s most credible sources. The content is regularly updated and is available free, like all Blackbaud Institute resources, as part of Blackbaud’s give-back philosophy.

About The Blackbaud Institute

The Blackbaud Institute drives research and insight to accelerate the impact of the social good community. It convenes expert partners from across the philanthropic sector to foster diverse perspectives, collective thinking and collaborative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Using the most comprehensive data set in the social good community, the Blackbaud Institute and its partners conduct research, uncover strategic insight and share results broadly to drive effective philanthropy at every stage, from fundraising to outcomes. Knowledge is powering the future of social good, and the Blackbaud Institute is an engine of that progress. Learn more, sign up for our newsletter, explore our knowledge base of social good best practices and trends, see the latest quarterly statistics on giving and check out our most recent resources at

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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2020 Lowcountry Spring Meal Drive Sponsored by Rick Hendrick Chevrolet

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As part of our #HendrickCares campaign & to help our local community, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet is honored to assist our teammates in the 2020 Lowcountry Spring Meal Drive!

This year, we will be feeding 1,500 families by collecting 1,500 cans of green beans!

The deadline for donations is 9 am on Monday, March 27th. ?? If you’d like to help in our efforts, bring in your cans to our dealership any time before our deadline — thank you in advance for your support!!

Where: Rick Hendricks Chevrolet – 1500 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 300-1232

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Charleston 40 Under 40 Celebration Event – April 29, 2020 – Tickets on Sale Now

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Join us as we celebrate the Forty Under 40 Class of 2020!?

2020 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Forty Under 40 awards, which are presented this year by the?College of Charleston School of Business Master of Business Administration.?

Over the years, the Business Journal has honored a virtual “Who’s Who” of the Charleston business community.

This elite 40 comprises people younger than 40 who have excelled in the professional arena and in community involvement.

Tickets are now on sale! – Click Here to Register and Purchase Tickets

April 29, 2020 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Alhambra Hall –Mount Pleasant

Go social at #40CHS

Charleston Native Faith Schueler Releases New Nashville Produced Album, “One Love Song At a Time” – Check it out today

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Charleston born and raised Faith Schueler has released a new album that we feel you should be listening to.

“One Love Song at a Time” can be purchased or downloaded on all musical platforms including Spotify and iTunes!

Album Details

This album was recorded and produced in Nashville. Faith co-wrote these songs with Kris Bergsnes who has written for Tim McGraw and many other talented artists as well as singer, songwriter, and musician Jordan Lawhead who has worked with John Mayer and other amazing musicians!

The background vocalist featured on these tracks is Greg Barnhill, who has sung backup vocals for Tim McGraw and other well-known country artists! My producer Greg Bieck in Nashville has worked with artists such as Hall and Oats, Little Big Town, and Christina Aguilera to name a few!?

About Faith

Faith Schueler’s first EP, One Love Song at a?Time,?is finally here!?“One Love Song At A Time” was produced by Nashville producer Greg Bieck (known for Hall & Oates and Little Big Town to name a few). The lyrics and music for her soon to be released the single “Tell Me Everything” was co-written by Faith, Greg Bieck, and Nashville’s singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Lawhead. Jordan is also featured as a background vocalist along with Nashville’s Greg Barnhill (Singer/songwriter/musician and background vocalist for Tim McGraw and many other artists). The remaining songs on Faith’s EP were co-written by Faith, Greg Bieck, and Nashville songwriter Kris Bergsnes (songs were written for? Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery, and many other artists) and feature Greg Barnhill with background vocals as well. Her songs also feature several of Nashville’s best musicians.??

Prior to traveling to Nashville to record her upcoming releases, Faith has been singing and performing in her hometown in South Carolina. She has two current singles released on various media platforms that she wrote solo and recorded with producer Elliott Elsey of Charleston, SC who works with artist Daryl Hall and Darius Rucker to name a few. Faith has spent the past 5 years working diligently on her musical passion and continues to work toward her dream and touch lives through her music. She attributes her success to her Christian faith and sings with passion and conviction. ?

Segal Trials Seeking Charleston Area Volunteers for Paid ADHD Research Study

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Do you or someone you know suffer from ADHD?

Segal Trials is currently conducting a clinical research study evaluating the safety and efficacy of an investigational medication for patients with ADHD.

You May Qualify if:

  • You are between the ages of 18-55
  • You are experiencing symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity or both at the same time

Participants who qualify may receive:

  • Study Related Exams & Lab Work at No Cost
  • Investigational Medication
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Compensation up to $715

There’s no insurance necessary! To learn more, call now toll-free 1-877-734-2588 or visit today

Grand Opening! Yeamans Hall Canteen: Hanahan Food Truck Park

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This Leap Day, we’re inviting you to leap on over to Hanahan’s newest venue for an evening of food, fun, and friendship. What better way to spend your extra day!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Join us for the Grand Opening of Hanahan’s Food Truck Park… the Yeaman’s Hall Canteen!

Charleston’s best food trucks will be onsite serving up all of your favorites in one place. Sit under the stars, listen to live music, and delight in a delicious meal in a family-friendly environment, all without leaving the city limits. There will even be jump castles on hand for your littlest leapers to enjoy!

Can’t wait to see you there!