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 in 2021, and we have been enjoying a bountiful summer harvest, including kale, cucumbers, zephyr squash, French breakfast radishes and more.
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.
Hartness recently announced the appointment of Stephen McRae as Farm Manager. Stephen will oversee the development and growth of the agricultural programs at Hartness and will also be responsible for fostering vendor, volunteer and partner relationships for the Hartness Farm.
“The Hartness Farm differentiates Hartness as a community like no other and we look forward introducing new farm initiatives under Stephen’s leadership,” said Sean Hartness, CEO of Hartness Development. “His extensive background in management and agriculture will help to further elevate our sustainability and agricultural efforts as we enhance and embrace the existing natural amenities at Hartness.”
Stephen brings years of experience in agriculture and livestock management to Hartness, most recently as Food Hub Manager at Greenville’s iconic Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, where he managed quality control standards for incoming produce. He also worked as Livestock Manager at Greenbrier Farms, where he managed the farm’s livestock program.
Stephen is a United States Marine and served from 2010-2013.
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.
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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.
Hartness is proud to support the mission of Mill Village Farms and encourages our friends and neighbors to learn more about this worthwhile organization.
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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