Ambrose Family Farm is owned and operated by Pete and Babs Ambrose and has been in operation since 1976. Pete is a very diverse and progressive farmer. He grows a wide variety of usual and not-so-usual produce year 'round on our 135 acre farm located on Selkirk Plantation, and our 60 acre farm off Yellow House Road, both on Wadmalaw Island. We sell and distribute ALL our crops locally through our Stono Market, local vendors, restaurants, farmers markets and Ambrose Family Farm CSA members.
We grow produce in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We practice growing methods which build the fertility of the soil rather than "rob" it. We even have earth worms in our soil it's so naturally maintained.
We grow quality produce at a reasonable price. We harvest and handle our produce so you get the freshest, most flavorful and nutritional vegetables available. We Keep It Local and Keep it Fresh.
We strive to be leaders and advocates for local sustainably grown produce through communication and education with our community members. It is critical that local communities re-establish a devout connection to our lands and those that tend it.
We grow as organically as possible and have for many years. We are NOT certified organic growers and here are the reasons:
1) Should we face an unusual condition NOT controllable with organic practices and the crop is an expensive long term one, like strawberries, we have to make the choice to either use a suitable non-organic product that is the safest available, or loose the crop and everything that went into bringing it to its current maturity. If we were Certified Organic, we would loose our certification if we chose to use any NON-ORGANIC product! It takes many years to become certified and thousands of dollars so we choose to grow organically and not use the Certified Organic label.
2) We prefer NOT to have the government involved in every aspect of our lives. Certified Organic comes with many inspections, governmental rules, requirements, and regulations. We choose to follow the principals and practices of Organics but without the governmental expenses and inspections.
3) There is no way to affordably farm with the rules and regulations of GAP requirements imposed on Certified Organic farmers and our government. GAP requires vehicles that never cross a line between farm fields and public roads, NO animals on or around the farm(birds cannot even fly over a field), unbelievable requirements on using compost and natural fertilizers(all we use), and the list is endless.
In over 10 years of growing organically, and have only had to claim 1 crop of strawberries NON-ORGANIC. The problem was a mite(bug) that was brought into our field with high winds. We finally found a scientist at Clemson who identified the problem and recommended the product for control, but it was not organically certified. We had to choose to save the crop or give it up to the Rust Mites-we chose to save the crop. We notified everyone of the NON ORGANIC status of the crop