In 1996, our family of four moved from the suburbs of Greenville to a 100-acre site that had been clear-cut for hardwood timber and embarked on the journey to create a self-sustaining farm. This area of South Carolina was dedicated to cotton production around the turn of the twentieth century and, after years of monoculture, the soil was stripped of nutrients and poor in organic matter. Although that may seem less than ideal as a farm setting, with time, patience, and a lot of elbow grease we've worked to enrich our land and manage it productively by combining time-tested traditions with more recent developments in sustainable agriculture. It's still--and always will be--a work in progress, but we would probably all agree it's the adventure of a lifetime.
Over the years, we've gone through several changes in focus as we've honed our craft and added new foods to our repertoire. But one core tenet remains: we want to produce delicious, nutritionally dense herbs, proteins, and produce and show people what it's like to eat locally and sustainably. We want to teach folks to grow their own food too, and we're dedicated to being a part of the burgeoning movement in the Upstate to reestablish a local, secure food system and preserve heritage breeds and heirloom varieties. We want to strengthen ties to the community and encourage the next generation of farmers, gardeners, and eaters.
As we enter our sixteenth year on the farm, we're looking forward to expanding our product offerings while finding new ways to support sustainable agriculture in South Carolina, and we hope you'll join us in that effort.