|James and Sharon Helms|
So we were off again, a group of friends and I, who love to explore and learn about our small, local family farms in South Carolina. On a sunny day in mid-July we found ourselves headed out to Carolina Bay Farms. We’d planned this trip for what seemed like months and months, so everyone was excited to visit this 1700’s homestead, being lovingly restored to its former splendor. In a word, it is a true gem, well-worth visiting and didn’t disappoint.
Hidden just off the road through some live oak and pecan trees, the road in opens up quickly to a large cleared area where we could see chickens, quail and turkeys. We parked our cars, and were quickly met by our hosts, James and Sharon Helms. After introductions all around, and some “ohhhhhhs” and “awwws” from the group as we glanced around to see some ducks splashing in a small kiddie pool, turkeys, quails and chickens pecking for bugs, and some goats in the background, Sharon welcomed the group and began to explain their farming beliefs and practices to us.
“We started Carolina Bay Farms 3 years ago with the purpose of raising heritage breed
animals and heirloom vegetables. We established our farm on a 5-acre tract of land that is part of our family property dating back to 1760. James says I have been the main catalyst for the goal of the farm since I have been a nurse for 30 years and have seen first-hand the decline of people’s health as our food system has become more influenced by commercialization and chemicals. Our belief is that mother nature is in charge of our farm and we are simply there to assist her, so we do not use any antibiotics, added growth hormones, herbicides or pesticides on our farm.”
Carolina Bay Farms raises heritage breed chickens, to include single comb Rhode Island Reds, Buckeyes, Jersey Giants, Russian Orloff, and Orpingtons.
Other poultry include Standard Bronze Turkeys, Rouen
|Standard Bronze Turkeys|
Ducks, Pharoah Quail, and Guinea Fowl.
Their pigs are American Guinea Hogs and they also have a pair of milking goats.
|American Guinea Hogs|