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MUSC Urban Farm unveils new farm-on-wheels

by Susan Johnson, Ph.D.,
director of Health Promotion

Dietetic intern Elizabeth Hesley shows off the mobile farm cart. photo provided

There is a hand–pushed cart, flourishing with green and representing the MUSC Urban Farm, touring the MUSC campus. The purpose of the mobile farm cart is to increase awareness about the half–acre Urban Farm, located at the corner of Bee and President streets behind the historic wall, which is open to the MUSC community and communities we serve.

The mobile farm is operated by members of the MUSC Dietetic Internship who, as nutrition experts, deliver health and wellness messages along the way. This month, they are discussing how to use culinary herbs, like the ones growing in the farm, to season without added salt, as well as answering questions about the mission and programs at the Farm.

So far, the mobile farm has reached over 75 people at stops in the Hollings Cancer Center outpatient waiting room, lobby and Healing Garden; bus stops on Jonathan Lucas and at ART; the library portico; Children’s Hospital lobby and the GI medicine waiting room on the second floor of ART. To request a particular stop for the mobile farm cart, email

The dietetic interns are also asking people to complete a quick survey about the MUSC Urban Farm. Complete the survey at All are invited to participate at farm events; the schedule can be found at

Wellness Events

  • Mindful Combo Contest — Purchase a Mindful Combo Meal between Oct. 20 to Nov. 14 and you’ll be entered to win your choice of a Clemson or Carolina Fan Kit. The kit features a choice of a Clemson or South Carolina Cut Out and team counter cooler. Combo must include Coca-Cola Zero or other Coke products or a Dasani Water. Submit your receipt into the entry box (including name and email). A winner will be chosen Nov. 17.
  • SC Working Well Annual Meeting — 10 a.m., Nov. 6 at Trident Technical College. An annual one-day meeting of statewide leaders in wellness and prevention.The group will discuss trends in employee wellness and community health. Keynote speaker and author of  “On Purpose,” Victor Strecher, will discuss how to influence change in your community. Event cost is $25 and includes lunch. Visit
  • Cooking Well Invitational — 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 at Trident Technical College. Cheer on MUSC/Sodexo chefs as they compete against statewide teams in a healthy culinary competition. Visit
  • November challenge is to Release the Tension! To begin, take the first November Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at A link to the final survey will be sent at month’s end to those who take the first survey.
  • Flu Shot Satellite clinics will be held —
  • 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 9, 2West Classroom; Noon to 3 p.m., Nov. 10 at Parkshore; and Noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 13, Rutledge Tower, Room 280J.
  • Farmers Markets — Fresh fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Horseshoe.

For more information about wellness events, contact or

November 7, 2014



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