a vision for the land
Located in Chester, South Carolina, our land has transitioned over the past few decades from forest to dairy farmland, and from corn intensive production to hay. For several years it has been Sarah and Tim's "wild hope" to replenish and reactivate the eroded soils of the land (see image below) and transform it into an organic operation collectively benefiting the community and the surrounding ecosystem. With his extensive experience building farm designs that leverage natural processes to create functional growing environments, Shawn was the perfect person to help turn the Belk's dream into a reality.
At Wild Hope Farm we strive to practice regenerative agriculture, grow delicious healthy foods, and engage our community. By constantly testing and refining our processes, we intend to optimize the efficiency of our growing system and develop a model for sustainable - both environmental and financial - farming in South Carolina. Through intentional planning of our land and infrastructure, we hope, within the next few years to use zero net energy. We are a small team with big ambitions. We look forward to sharing with you the evolution of our progress!
a difference you can taste
Our focus on regenerative and organic agriculture enables a more nutrient rich soil which in turn nourishes the plants we grow and the bodies of those who eat our produce! These practices simultaneously decrease off-farm inputs (e.g., pesticides, and fertilizers) and increase the health of our ecosystem through a polyculture of crops, a diverse insect ecology, and enhanced soil microbiology on a farm. And on top of all that, we think you can taste the difference in the freshness of our produce flavor.
While we are currently growing organically, the certification process takes time - we are in the last year of the three year organic certification process!
Zero Net Energy
renewable energy initiatives
With intentional planning of our land and infrastructure, we hope within the next few years to use zero net energy. From our low-cost compost heat extraction system to our 15.3 kilowatt solar PV array, we are always thinking about new ideas for conserving and producing energy on the farm.
A Vision for the Community
By nourishing the land and creating a sustainable food system, we hope to build the foundation of a space where people can convene to exchange ideas, experiment with innovative practices, and celebrate the beautiful nature that surrounds us.