The Lowcountry Local First Incubator Farm and Training Center is located on Walnut Hill Rd. on Johns Island, SC. The property has been divided into 1-2 acre lots for up to 6 farmers to receive business incubation as well as an area dedicated to hands-on education and training for apprentices, farmers, and the public. Read about the five farmers that have been selected for farm incubation below.
Spade and Clover
Two Acres of flowers, herbs, and vegetables managed by John Warren*, Spade and Clover grows heirloom varieties selected for their supreme taste and unique appearance. Werth and Warren use the complementary qualities of each plant as an alternative to herbicides, pesticides, and over fertilizing. The production methods include companion planting, cover cropping, and crop rotation. Buy a share in the season’s bounty by joining the Spade and Clover Club. As a member you receive a weekly share of vegetables, herbs, and flowers to complete your healthy diet. Weekly shares of 5-10 items are available for pickup starting February 13, 2013. By investing in your food supply, you reduce waste, avoid price gouging, and eat food grown in your backyard by your neighbors. Think outside the box store and connect with your local food source, Spade and Clover Gardens.
Compost In My Shoe
Dedicated to growing and developing high quality produce, products and services while nurturing the life-giving bond we all have with the land, Jim Martin with Compost in my Shoe will be cultivating a "boutique" farm know for high quality vegetables, herbs and cut flowers utilizing a hybrid farming model based in low impact farm practices. He will also expand his beekeeping operation, adding new hives to his two-year start up. The farm will expand the current CSA Farm Share program, while also moving more produce and products into the local restaurant market.
Sol Haven Farm
Utilizing one acre of land on John’s Island, this farm seeks to provide a wide variety of fresh produce, herbs and cut flowers to Charleston area residents, tourists, restaurants and businesses in response to the growing demand for locally grown food. With a long-term vision of creating an ecologically & economically resilient small farm model, Bo Collins* with Sol Haven Farm will focus its efforts on implementing and developing sustainable farming methods in order to maintain ecological health of the land, as well as to provide consumers with safely grown, healthy produce. Eventually, Sol Haven Farm seeks to expand into a small CSA operation and sustainable living education center, in order to create more predictable cash flow for the business, as well as to educate the greater community about the importance of supporting local food systems and voluntarily transitioning into lower impact, less consumptive lifestyles.
Rooting Down Farms
Rooting Down Farms is a joint farmer venture of Harleston Towles* and Rita Bachmann that focuses on staple and specialty crops including Spring and storage onions, green and cured garlic, a variety of potatoes including purple, yellow creamer and fingerling, orange and purple carrots, beets, fava beans, raddichio, fennel, radishes, spinach and arugula. Rooting Down Farms is committed to organic, sustainable agriculture. Although they are not certified, they follow the production practices of organic agriculture, focusing on soil health and soil building through compost additions and cover cropping. They also do not spray any harmful chemicals on our produce and use only organically approved fertilizers.
*Denotes a graduate of the LLF Growing New Farmers Apprentice Program.