Farm Girl Deliveries first began in 2016 when Concetta Kome started raising a little flock of chickens at her home in Central, SC. She began sharing the extra eggs with friends, and eventually added in produce from her home garden. In July of 2018, Concetta made Farm Girl Deliveries, LLC, official, hoping to continue to share the abundance she grew.
On October 4, 2018, Concetta and her husband Hunter signed the contract to a beautiful, 21 acre piece of land in Six Mile, SC. This ended their long search for a local property where they could start their dream farm. The house on the land was dilapidated and the land itself had been abandoned for years. It was the perfect canvas.
Concetta's daughters, Rosa and Lillian, officially began working with Farm Girl Deliveries after graduating from Clemson University in May 2019. That September, after almost a year of commuting out to the land, the Kome family made the move from Central into their new house on the farm. Concetta's chickens, both her original flock and newcomers, now happily call the fields home.
How Our Garden Grows
As of 2020, a flower garden and two vegetable gardens are up and running, totaling 60 beds in a space less than 0.3 acres. All of the gardens are made using no-till, raised beds. This means that instead of tilling the existing soil, we build upwards, using soil rich in organic matter. This method has many benefits, especially in terms of increasing long-term soil health instead of disrupting it. To help make soil for our raised beds, and put our old garden vegetation and food scraps to a good use, we have a series of compost piles.
We start all our vegetable plants from seeds. While we rely a lot on the natural fertility of the soil in our raised beds to help our plants grow, we also add natural fertilizers. Our main source of fertilizer is one we make from the leaves of comfrey plants, a water-and-leaf mixture often called 'comfrey tea'. We grow the plants; the plants' remarkable taproots capture nutrients from the deep in the soil, and then we feed those nutrients back into the garden. This is a small example of our philosophy with everything on the farm: work with the earth, not against it. We also use other practices such as cover cropping to help return key nutrients like nitrogen to the soil.
Just as with the fertilizer and soil health, we use a natural, integrative approach for weed and pest control. Weed control is done entirely through suppression (with leaves, mulch, and the soil of raised beds) and hand-pulling. We control pests through practices such as companion planting, crop rotation, and even just hand-picking insects off the leaves.
We also invite and welcome beneficial insects into our gardens. The right insects can greatly increase productivity in a vegetable garden, and can also be a key part of pest control. That's one of the reasons why our flower garden is right next to our vegetable garden! Concetta also raises hives of bees. Someday they'll make honey for us, but they're also wonderful pollinators to have around.
In the future we will add goats to our farm, who will play their own role, like our chickens, in the regenerative management of our fields. We have also planted a variety of young fruit trees, from figs to peaches, as well as plants like asparagus, blackberries, and our favorite, elderberries. These will all take some time to start production, so stay tuned!
If you want to follow along with the process of starting a family farm, keep up with the gardens, or see what it means to raise a happy chicken, check out the Farm Blog by clicking below. Rosa posts new entries monthly!
Meet the Farmers
Concetta is the founder of Farm Girl Deliveries. She has been gardening, both at home and professionally, all her life. In 2015, at the age of 50, she completed a 9 month Permaculture Design Course and Basics of Homesteading, in Asheville, NC. This program and her previous small business experience with her own natural lawn-care business focused her strong beliefs that sustainable practices are a welcome contribution to small town living. "If I can go outside and be a positive and integral part of the web of life, from the microbes in the soil to the flocks of robins in the spring, then I feel I have made a meaningful contribution!"
Rosa graduated from Clemson University in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resources and a minor in English. She is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about plants, and is interested in ecology and the interconnections of nature. She writes our Farm Blog, and she created our logo!
Lillian, like her twin sister, graduated from Clemson University in 2019. Her degree is in Biosystems Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. She's interested in creating sustainable, closed-loop systems - like composting, where 'waste' materials are used in beneficial ways. She also likes plants!
Where Our Produce Goes
Starting in 2020, the majority of the produce we grow will go to the Clemson Free Clinic as a part of their wonderful "Produce Rx" program (their website can be found here). Any surplus we have after the program is an abundance we will share in our online store and at our local farmers markets. And we always have lots of fresh-cut flowers and other products, including specialty produce!