RFP Invitation for Thornhill Farms

East Cooper Land Trust (ECLT) is very excited to announce that we are in the final stages of acquiring Thornhill Farms, a 98-acre diverse, organic farm in Charleston County near McClellanville, SC.  

After the completion of this process, it is our intent to convey title of the property to or do a long-term lease with an entity that meets the requirements of both the Charleston County Greenbelt Board and the South Carolina State Conservation Bank. This entity would then operate and manage a Sustainable Agriculture Education Program based at the farm that will be good stewards of the land and provide education, outreach, and community support. ECLT will hold a Conservation Easement on the entire property in perpetuity to protect the property and ensure that the use of the property is consistent with our goals and desires. 

In order to allow the opportunity for interested parties to present their program and management concepts for the property, ECLT will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP). Organizations and institutions that are interested in participating with ECLT in this endeavor should submit a letter of interest to Ms. Catherine Main, Executive Director, East Cooper Land Trust, P.O. Box 2495, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465 by COB, September 19, 2014.

ECLT will then forward the entire RFP to all respondents. Based on the content of the proposals received, ECLT will rank the responses and begin negotiations with the top ranked respondent. If those negotiations are successful, ECLT and this entity will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and begin the process of conveying the title to this entity. If those negotiations are not successful, negotiations will begin with the next top ranked proposer, and so on. If you have questions about the farm, please contact Catherine Main at catherine(at)eastcooperland.org