Laura Mewbourn, Owner
I grew up surrounded by gardens and flowers and had my first garden plot when I was still very little. Just a couple generations ago, farming was a way of life for my family, but when it was time to decide on my college major, I landed on English Literature and Language. Life had other ideas for me, though. In 2015, I completed the Growing New Farmers program through Lowcountry Local First. I apprenticed on a vegetable farm and landed a full-time job at a hydroponic farm. I absolutely loved it and knew I really wanted to start my own farm. In the meantime, I pruned tomatoes, welcomed a new baby into my family, and took coursework in floral design.
In 2017, we were fortunate enough to purchase a home on acreage just outside of Charleston, SC, and before I knew it, my dreams of flower farming and growing vegetables were off and running. My wife unwittingly stumbled upon farming right alongside me when it became painfully obvious that the larger mechanical and construction projects were not my forte. Luckily, she's handy with diagrams and small machinery and whatnot. That's how we became a farming family.
We are so thrilled to be able to provide locally grown flowers and produce to my friends, family, and the Charleston community. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
One of my favorite memories growing up was working in my mom’s garden with her. We would plant, wait for everything to bloom and marvel at it when it did. I have always loved being outside and working with my hands. My senior year at the College of Charleston I had the opportunity to study the slow food movement and learn more about sustainable agriculture.
Seeing the community that the farmers had with each other and with their customers was inspiring and encouraging and I began to wonder how I could continue learning about it and become involved right here in Charleston.
It was then that I found the Growing New Farmers Program through Lowcountry Local First. I applied, got in and spent 6 months meeting and learning from some of the most incredible farmers in Charleston. My eyes were opened to this community and way of living and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to go back to a “regular” job afterwards.
Laura reached out to our class to see if anyone would be interested in working with her on the F&F Farm and after one visit out there, I was smitten. Since my time here, I’ve grown and learned so much and it’s been such a sweet opportunity to continue my passion for sustainable agriculture.