Welcome to The Hartness Farm, an exciting addition to the neighborhood that further differentiates Hartness as a community like no other.
Phase 1 of The Farm was launched earlier this year, and we have been enjoying a bountiful summer harvest, including kale, cucumbers, zephyr squash, French breakfast radishes and more. Much of this fresh produce goes straight to The Village Kitchen restaurant. The Village Kitchen, located in the Hartness Village Center, is an exciting new bistro that focuses on farm-to-table and locally sourced cuisine,
The Farm will ultimately have a wide variety of components, including a special partnership with Mill Village Farms, a local charitable organization with a successful vision of providing food and food education to underserved communities in Greenville. This partnership will also give Hartness residents the opportunity to volunteer and give back to those less fortunate by becoming involved in the Mill Village Farms mission.
Phase 1 of The Farm includes 16 raised beds, with room for more, that Hartness homeowners can “adopt” to plant herb, vegetable and flower gardens for their personal use. Also part of Phase 1 is a one-acre cornfield where Silver Queen corn is grown and harvested and an eleven-acre Pecan Grove, with trees planted by the Hartness family decades ago that now produce several varieties of incredibly delicious pecans. Hartness homeowners participate in the harvesting of both corn and pecans each year, while enjoying special events to taste them fresh off the stalk and tree!
P. Allen Smith & Associates, a nationally renowned expert in conservation and sustainability and Hartness town planner Lew Oliver will join creative forces to help design and program many of the elements of The Hartness Farm.
P. ALLEN SMITH
The Country’s Most Prolific Placemaker
P. Allen Smith’s mission in life is to help individuals, leaders, and communities improve our world through education, design, conservation, and media. He is often described as one of America’s most talented garden designers, and is the product of five generations of southern nurserymen. His foundational childhood experiences in planting naturally led to an appreciation for horticulture, genetic diversity, plant pairing and for an orderly and holistic approach to work.
Eschewing fashion, Allen identifies and sensitively accentuates the natural gifts of the landscape, imparting balance, harmony and beauty in the classic tradition of Palladio, Brown, Repton and Soane. His designs are an expression of his client’s lifestyle and their legacy–melding site with living material and improvements to create environments that mature and improve with the seasons. And his many esoteric interests and insights allow for a myriad of inclusions such as ornamented aviaries, sheep pastures, walled gardens, fruit orchards, kitchen herb gardens, container gardens, stumperies, rare rose collections, wildflower and pollinator fields, apiaries, ponds, and architecturally appropriate built structures and follies.
The result for his clients are timeless gardens and landscapes.
Hartness Town Planner
Based in Atlanta, Lew Oliver is one of the Southeast’s most recognizable new home designers. Lew is renowned for creating beautiful places to call home, offering custom home design, creative stock plans and personalized design services. Lew and his team are driven by the idea that great spaces can still be designed and constructed, places that nurture the human spirit and are in harmony with nature.
There was a time in our country’s past when these types of places were quite common. In the modern age, though, they are rarely conceived and built because of shortsighted planning techniques and the spiritual abandonment of the civic realm. Lew’s vision for Hartness is to return to the tenants of traditional neighborhood development, where neighbors connect with each other through sidewalks, green spaces, mailbox kiosks, a village center with cafes and shops and world-class amenities with intentional programming.
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Mill Village Farms is transforming local neighborhoods all across Greenville, by turning vacant properties into bountiful gardens which grow locally-sourced produce for communities that often have limited access to fresh and local foods. Their vision is to develop youth leaders in these traditionally poor neighborhoods through training and employment that leads to a prosperous and successful transition into adulthood.
Through its Foodshare program, Mill Village Farms provides a bi-weekly produce box aimed at combatting healthy food insecurity for families on a limited budget. In 2020, over 26,000 boxes were distributed totaling nearly 400,000 pounds of fresh produce.
The Hartness Farm will soon be a partner agency in this initiative by growing food specifically for the Foodshare program.
Through the growing of fresh produce all across Greenville, Mill Village Farms is also growing employment and training opportunities for community youth. Their goal is to empower local youth with experiences in basic job skills, sustainable agriculture, and entrepreneurship.
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