Growing Minds

Growing Minds


You can add to the farm... I bet one of these would get along just fine with Tina
What is the address to drop off Christmas tree?
When can we drop off our Christmas trees? Thanks
Veterans and military family members can get a scholarship to take this sustainable farming course through the College of Charleston!

Are you ready to explore sustainable farming and all that it has to offer? This Fall, Growing Minds will be hosting an exciting new course through the College of Charleston as part of their Sustainable Food Systems program. This course will be a “hands on” practical experience in which students will learn principles and techniques of sustainable farm production. The course is two days per week from 3-6 pm at the farm so it can easily be worked into your current schedule. Spots are limited.

We educate and empower individuals of all ages and abilities to grow food everywhere!

Operating as usual


Freedom's Calling! Do you run a Veteran-owned/-led Agritourism Farm? We are now enrolling South Carolina farms into Farms of the Brave™! Enroll today!

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Photos from Growing Minds's post 09/23/2023

Another great field trip with the Lucy Beckham High School PreVet program 🐐🐓🦆🦃🌱


Happy Fifth Birthday to W***y, Billy and Tina 🎉


One of the best photos I have seen in a long time! More farmers should do this. ❤ I don't know whose original photo. If you know whose photo it is please let me know so I can give them credit.
*I am trying to find out this sweet man’s name. I had his granddaughter comment and I have looked forever for it and now I can’t find it. If you will message me so I can put his name/the photographer name/ etc. Thank you. And I hope your grandpa sees how many people he made smile. This should definitely be a thing. The world definitely needs more positive thing that make us smile. ❤️


It is with great sadness 🥲that I must announce that all good things must come to an end, and there will be no Fall 2023 Friday Night Goat racing season. W***y has suffered,what we fear to be, a career ending injury. The injury was incurred in a non-racing related accident which involved three bales of hay and a parachute 🪂 Tina and Billy, were not part of the accident, and since Billy has never won a race that wouldn’t really be much of a goat racing season if Tina and Billy raced. Most of all, our sports psychologist worries about Little Billy’s self-esteem losing to his sister each week. At least up until this point, he had someone to share his loss with him 🫶🏻

We know you the fans of goat racing are just as devastated about the end of an Era as we are 🏁 🐐 goat racing was born out of the pandemic and it looks like it will stay there in the history books 📕 we will always remember Tina’s first win, Little Billy’s mid race snack break and all of the exciting photo finishes throughout the seasons 🐎

Nothing can ever replace goat racing in our hearts, but we hope that you will join us in our newest tradition:


They won’t be live, they won’t be at 6 PM every week and sometimes they might not show up until Saturday morning but we hope that they can begin to fill the void that l has been left 🏁 🐐

Famous Adventures | Summer Camps 09/15/2023

This Fall we are excited to be a stop on the Famous Adventures fall break camp. Registration for their fall camp at the farm is open. Click the link below for more details.

Famous Adventures | Summer Camps Famous Adventures is a Summer Outdoor Adventure Day Camp in Charleston SC for Elementary and Middle School Aged Campers.




Sweet Tay hears E learning Day going on and whines at the door to come inside 🦃


From: space
To: your school, library, or museum!

Educators, apply now to receive a sapling from seeds that flew beyond the Moon on Artemis I. Deadline is Oct. 6. Details via NASA STEM:


Friday Night Lights Y’all 🏈


Bengal Fans!!! 🐅 Buy your tickets now-link in bio! 🎟️ The theme is White Out 🏳️ LETS GO BENGALS!!


We couldn’t agree more 🌳

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.” - Andy Warhol


🚨 mark your calendars for these upcoming classes at the Farm! Registration and details coming soon.


Via Creative Child Magazine


This is how we know that the grapes are almost ripe 🍇




Saving seeds is important 🌱


Tina’s chillin’ in the shade 😎


The Big Butterfly Count, the largest citizen-based scientific count of its kind, demonstrates steady declines in overall species. In the US, this year, The Center for Biological Diversity reports a 22% decline in monarchs alone. The population is so low that it strongly indicates a risk of extinction in North America.

Glad our little farm can serve as a habitat for these beautiful and important pollinators.


Sunflowers and summertime go together! You may not be in school right now, but bookmark this lesson to teach about . Observe the growth and development of sunflowers, identify how sunflower seeds are used, and make a paper plate sunflower to illustrate the life cycle of the sunflower.


Did you know?

"Magnolias evolved on Earth as far back as 95 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. While there were dinosaurs at that time, bees still did not exist, so magnolias evolved to be pollinated by ancient insects—you may know them today as beetles. Due to this relationship, magnolia flowers have tough carpels—the female parts of the flower—to avoid damage from beetle mandibles as they feed looking for pollen. The carpels also mimic the stamens—the male parts of the flower—to help trick the beetle into spending more time on the flower and ensuring pollination."
-Philip Evich (Smithsonian Gardens)


Only about a month left until grape 🍇 time 🎉


Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture (AGR201) is a free fall course offered by Trident Tech for SC residents and can be taken independently or with other courses to earn a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. Weekly lectures are held online, with in-person field experience on Lowcountry area farms each Friday morning.

Fall Course Dates: Aug 21 - Dec 12, 2023
To learn more or register, please contact Tony Bertauski: [email protected] or 843.574.6278.


Sweetgrass- a plant that means so much to my small tight knit community and thus to me as well. The importance of being a good steward of this land is not lost on me. This land found me at a time that I needed to be found and I truly believe that it is my duty as a neighbor and a human to ensure that it is protected even after I return to it as ash so that it may continue to grow and thrive untouched by the development of man that has consumed so much of this former plantation that holds so much blood sweat and tears in the ground I steward. I may not be the braider of the Sweetgrass but I tend the land from which it grows and I take my job very seriously. If you feel called to help me protect this small community of Phillips that was here long before we showed up with our heavy equipment to turn the earth into pools and sidewalks and homes please comment on the Army Corp of Engineers link below. The link has been well funded and designed to skew the argument away from the Phillips community which will be divided by a five lane highway and turn focus towards the wetlands which were of no concern while they were being destroyed to build pools, sidewalks and homes that now need a larger highway because of the traffic volume they have created. This community has been destroyed enough, a five lane highway dividing families from each other is more than they should have to pay as the price of progress for the world around them. Please speak up for my neighbors who have lived on this land for generations and please understand than none of us individually created this situation but EVERYONE of us has the ability to speak up for the compromise that routes 3 lanes of traffic through Phillips and the other two lanes directly to the large sprawling neighborhoods from which this traffic was born. These neighborhoods where families live for a season rather than generations. There’s a time to do the right thing and that time is now.


The elders tell us that it takes longer for us to heal today and the reason is because the old trails our ancestors used to use to find us have been now our ancestors are having a hard time finding us to help us heal.
We are also told that was the first plant to grow on Mother Earth
When we harvest Sweetgrass,we get three bunches of seven strands
So there will be 21 pieces of grass,,
We do not pull it, this is the hair of Mother Earth.
We braid the three strands of seven pieces right there on Mother Earth
Then we gently cut it
If we want to state our intentions,, we can bring to***co as to bring Creator in on our words as to how we will use this
For an offering we can offer something the plant can use,, like water,
So offer the relations around it, it’s brothers and sisters,mother and father
And so on,give them a gift of water.

When we burn sweetgrass, remember these things:
Its a kindness medicine...with a sweet gentle aroma when we light it.

Its symbolic...
There are 21 strands used to make a braid...
The first 7 strands represent those 7 generations behind us~
Our parents
Our grandparents
Our great grandparents and so on for
7 generations behind us~who we are and what we are is because of them~they've brushed and made the trails we have been walking up til now...but the trails have been destroyed, we have lost our connection.
The time has come to heal and reconnect with our ancestors.

The next 7 represent the 7 sacred teachings...
Love, Respect, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, Truth and Humility.

The elders tell us how simple, powerful and beautiful the teaching are:

1 Love: unconditional affection with no limits or conditions that starts with loving yourself.

2 Respect: due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights or traditions of other, with consideration, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, politeness, courtesy, civility, deference.

3 Honestly: have a character of integrity, and honor be free from fraud or deception, legitimate truthful.

4 Courage: bravery, permitting one to face extreme dangers with boldness withstanding danger, fear or difficulty

5 Wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment the quality of being wise.

6 Truth: the face of the matter, veracity, sincere, candor and genuineness
a determined in principle entirely by how it relates to things

7 Humility: freedom from pride or arrogance, being humble, when we truly understand the teaching of humility, that we are not any better then anyone else and you are not any better then me. that at the end of the day we are simply human beings, this is what makes this teaching powerful and beautiful.

The last 7 strands are those of the 7 generations in front of us~
Our children .....
Our grandchildren .....
Our great grandchildren .....
as well as those children yet to be born.
It is important because everything we do to Mother earth will one day effect them... We have lost our way, Mother Earth gives us everything we need to heal ourselves and the earth. We must go back to our roots and bloom.
Marty Stompingelk


SAVE THE DATE(s) August 17th & 18th in Columbia, SC! We are excited to partner with SC New and Beginning Farmer Program to host this two day SC Local Food Summit including a Farmer Resource Rodeo, Local Food Mixer, and Growing Local Gathering. Join the waitlist now!

Photos from Grateville Acres's post 07/01/2023

We are so excited for Grateville Acres 🌱 If you’re ever up near Manning, support their farm. If you’re not, support a small farm in your neck of the woods.


As we continue the fight against systemic racism in our little corner of the world, let us pause today to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many right here in the Phillips Community where our farm sits not only to educate and empower individuals off all ages and abilities to grow food but to protect and preserve these five precious acres that have witnessed that fight for freedom since June 19th, 1865. And let us continue to support organizations like the Center for Heirs Property Preservation who continue to help families protect, preserve and sustain their land for generations to come.

Juneteenth pays tribute and celebrates the journey to freedom and the sacrifices made by those who came before us. Make Juneteenth an opportunity to learn the history and build knowledge of the effects of systemic racism. Juneteenth is a significant milestone in African American history. It demonstrates the long, enduring fight for freedom.

Photos from Kat's Outdoor Therapeutic Adventures, LLC's post 06/16/2023

What a great end  to the 22/23 school year 🐐🌱 🎉 Stay tuned later this summer for new exciting offerings for the fall. See ya next year!

Photos from Kat's Outdoor Therapeutic Adventures, LLC's post 06/14/2023
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Our Story

Growing Minds Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2015 in suburban Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Our mission is to empower individuals to grow food everywhere! We believe that farming can no longer be restricted to rural areas. Our four acre farm is located in the heart of suburban Mount Pleasant. We currently have one acre devoted to an educational demonstration farm plot cultivated on the principles of sustainable agriculture and permaculture. It is a work in progress as farming not only teaches us self-sustainability but patience as well. As we continue to develop our farm we will also continue to add programs for the community, our youth and those with mental and physical disabilities. We believe that farming is not only an empowering experience but a healing one as well. It is critical that we preserve some of the last remaining land in our local community for the purpose of cultivation. Every day farm land is decreasing while population continues to increase. There is a time when we must put aside land for cultivation, teaching, healing and preservation. That time is now.

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It is with great sadness 🥲that I must announce that all good things must come to an end, and there will be no Fall 2023 ...
Sweet Tay hears E learning Day going on and whines at the door to come inside 🦃





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