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Still growing strong

Family farms reconnect us with the Lowcountry’s agricultural roots.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb is shown with a chicken and two goats from her sister Debi’s backyard farm on the South End of Hilton Head Island. It’s like a zoo over there! (Photo by Lisa Staff)

Long before developers arrived in the 1950s, Hilton Head was an isolated island. For decades, Gullah families survived by hunting, fishing, raising livestock and growing produce on small farms. 

While there isn’t as much farming happening on Hilton Head these days, the Lowcountry’s agricultural heritage lives on through many family farms operating in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and Charleston counties. 

I love spending time in my garden. To me, locally grown food tastes better and is better for you. Eating local also supports the local economy, benefits the local environment and promotes a safer food supply. With spring on the horizon, we felt it was the perfect time to write a love letter to our fantastic farmers and recognize the positive impact they have always had on our communities. 

We dig in with locals who work the land, harvest the crops and sow the seeds for future generations. We identify many of the best local farms and share where you can find their sought-after produce and products. 

We inspire you to cultivate your inner farmer with all types of growing tips and advice (did you know we can grow guava, bananas and a host of other tropical fruits here?). If you aspire to improve your gardening game, our local Clemson Cooperative Extension is here to help. 

We encourage you to add some local flavor to your meals with recipes made with local ingredients. We also have useful articles for making better bacon and cooking the right way with radishes, an underrated root vegetable with a bit of kick. 

We offer a behind-the-scenes look at Nectar Farm Kitchen, the cool new country-style farmhouse restaurant that sources its food from the fields, farms and forests of the Lowcountry. 

Give your home a touch of farmhouse flair with decorative ladders, iron accents, farm art and more. Don’t have a cow, just add some barn doors! We also share little-known farm facts (cows know their names) and uncover the therapeutic benefits of farm animal pets (fainting goats are the best!). 

We feel it’s our freshest issue yet and hope it plants a seed. Have a great spring!

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“It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.”

– B.C. Forbes

Eternally grapefruit

I get so much pleasure eating from my gardens and citrus trees. I have had great luck growing pink grapefruit. They taste great and are super healthy. In addition to drinking, you can also use the juice for: 

Scenting your home
(mix juice and water and simmer on the stove) 

Scenting your laundry
(mist with juice and water mix) 

Keeping animals away from things
(cats hate citrus scents) 

Exfoliating your skin
(mix juice with sugar and olive oil)