Have you considered applying for organic certification?
This week’s podcast guest goes a step beyond that and is certified REAL organic! Chris Sermons, Founder of Bio-WayFarm, is located in Ware Shoals, South Carolina. Bio-Way Farm is a Certified Organic farm with a focus on sustainable agriculture and permaculture design principles.
Their 120 acres offers a mix of cultivated fields with row crops, hardwood forests and an edible forest garden featuring many native plants. They are located 30 miles south of Greenville, SC and serve the greater Greenville area. Chris is the winner of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 2016 Farmer of the Year award.
In This Episode:
How Chris got started in farming 1:54
What the first years on Bio-Way Farm property were like 3:35
What the cropping and permaculture currently looks like on the farm 8:02
Why Chris decided to make the farm Certified Organic 16:07
What goes into the Real Organic certification 20:24
How Chris runs an Airbnb on the farm 31:53
What Hipcamp is 34:39
What the future holds for Bio-Way Farm 37:58
Chris’s advice for beginning farmers 48:01
Chris’s favorite farming tools 49:07
About the Guest:
Chris Sermons is a naturalist and biological farmer. In 2004, he started Bio-Way Farm in Upstate South Carolina where they grow organic produce and foster biodiversity. He’s held leadership roles with the Sierra Club, Wild South and Slow Food. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association recognized Chris as the Farmer of the Year in 2016. His approach to managing the farm is guided by a land ethic and his background in permaculture.
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