A Family-Owned Business
This small family farm began as a homestead for our family of seven. We moved to the 12.4 acre parcel of land that was in the Jones family. Upon retirement from the US Army, we moved here and began teaching our children about gardening and animal husbandry. Both of us, Tony and Belinda, grew up in families that had large gardens and raised animals, now it was our turn. We actively began participating in 4-H first through the Clemson Extension and then with the South Carolina State University 1890 Extension Service too. The kids participated in the melon and tomato projects and competitions and sold produce at the local farmers market. They raised chickens and sold eggs. We gave away and later sold produce from our family garden and before long we were attending agriculture workshops and conferences to consider farming as a business. In 2015, our homestead officially became a farm and we planted more produce and raised more chickens to increase egg sales. Since that time we've added more products and each year we work hard to improve the business and provide the best produce and added value items for our customers.
ABOUT MORNING GLORY HOMESTEAD FARM
Morning Glory Homestead Farm is an expansion of what our family grew for our own provisions. Our farm now offers a variety of vegetables grown using sustainable agricultural and permaculture methods.
Under that law, "the term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:
satisfy human food and fiber needs;
enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole."
Our aim is to build and maintain a healthy soil through cover crops, compost and manures. We use natural methods that many refer to as organic. We till the soil less and less and feed and amend it naturally more and more. The animals we raise are given opportunities to forage and free range for large portions of their daily food supply, we supplement their food with grain mixtures. Eggs are collected from our chickens and ducks to sell to the community while those fowl that want to raise young are allowed to keep eggs and see them through to hatch. Some eggs are collected and placed in our incubators to raise here on the farm or be a blessing to community members desiring to raise fowl. The meat birds are pasture raised and processed to help feed local families.
We offer classes, conduct farm tours, workshops and hold special meetings for children and youth who want to learn about gardening or farming.
100% NATURAL, FREE RANGE & GMO FREE
Raising poultry isa growing part of our farm operation. We give members of our community another choice for fresh, non-GMO, free range eggs and meats. Your next turkey, duck or chicken can come from our small, family farm only a few miles from your door. Our methods are safe, clean and follow the standards and guidelines provided by the South Carolina safe foods practices. We attend trainings to remain up to date with farming policy.