Sustainable Agriculture in Upstate SC
Responsible farming for the flourishing of our farm & community
Greenbrier Farms’ goal is to be true stewards of the land and set the standard of sustainable agriculture in South Carolina, the Southeast, and beyond. We believe that sustainable farming practices are best not only for the land we live on ourselves but also for our families and community.
The output of our sustainable farming includes pastured pork and grass-fed, grass-finished beef that we sell right here in our community. Allowing our animals to eat and move the way nature intended benefits the land, the animal, and you.
We work specifically with thought leaders and experts ranging from biology to sociology professors at Furman University, Clemson University, The University of Georgia, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and organizations such as Upstate Forever.
Partnerships that bring local food to your table
Nourish yourself and your family with food grown responsibly right here in the Upstate. You'll find our meat and produce featured at various local establishments, including Fork and Plough and Whole Foods in Greenville. Or you can buy half-or-whole-animal directly from us by contacting Roddy.
Our cattle herd is a mix of primarily black and red Angus cows, fed and finished on grass. Our cows are fed zero grain, given zero hormones, and administered zero antibiotics.
Our pigs are born, raised, and bred on our pastures and in our forests while never setting foot on concrete. They’re given access to choice forage, including nuts, roots, and seasonal cover crops.
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What is sustainable farming?
Dr. John E. Ikerd, professor at the University of Missouri, offers his view of sustainability:
“A sustainable agriculture must be economically viable, socially responsible, and ecologically sound. The economic, social, and ecological are interrelated, and all are essential to sustainability.
An agriculture that uses up or degrades its natural resource base, or pollutes the natural environment, eventually will lose its ability to produce. It's not sustainable.
An agriculture that isn't profitable, at least over time, will not allow its farmers to stay in business. It's not sustainable.
An agriculture that fails to meet the needs of society, as producers and citizens as well as consumers, will not be sustained by society. It's not sustainable.
A sustainable agriculture must be all three - ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. And the three must be in harmony."