In Summerville, Flower Town in the Pines, you’ll find an unusual farm – an aeroponic farm. At Tiger Corner Farms, sustainability takes place in cargo containers, not fields. Somewhere on a distant sea a cargo ship’s containers face a future in aeroponic farming, a high-tech, plant-cultivation technique in which a fine mist delivers nutrients to roots suspended in the air. TCF’s goal? To create container farm systems that power healthier, sustainable communities.
The company got its beginnings when Don Taylor, the chief technology officer at Benefitfocus, was in the process of retiring. He wanted to find a way to give back. Taylor’s daughter, Stefanie Swackhamer, was a teacher at a Title I high school in North Charleston.
“We collectively decided that food access was a huge issue not only in our area but so many others. The tech aspect of aeroponics appealed to my dad, and so that is how we originally started down the path.”