In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Russ and Belinda Smith are carrying out their dream of homesteading and farming. The property they purchased to establish their famly farm, in 2006, was so wildly overgrown with thorny blackberry briars that Russ jokingly called it "Briar Hill Farm" hence the name stuck. Goats, including Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats, help maintain the thorny briars and the thorn-less variety has since been introduced. Other livestock includes: honeybees, rabbits, turkeys and free range chickens. The Smiths implement proven methods taught by their grandparents, to grow, harvest and preserve an annual supply of vegetables for their family. Belinda is a Certified Clemson Extension Master Gardener. Briar Hill Farm holds egg license #1362 with the South Carolina Department Of Agriculture & holds rights to the trademarks: Certified South Carolina Grown, as well as Appalachian Grown Certified Farm.
The guiding principle at Briar Hill Farm is to follow sustainability practices in all agricultural efforts. Heirloom non GMO seed is used for all plantings and strides are being made toward becoming entirely organic using natural fertilizers.