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Our Pledge to You, Greenville

My wife and I were out on Saturday with our baby girl in tow, spending some time together and happily wasting a morning on nothing in particular, and one of the stops we made was at a well-known country store in the area. There was an air of nostalgia as we shopped, reminding me of my father’s garden and beehives when I was a small boy. I was impressed with their selection, and doubly impressed with their commitment to community. The store was filled to the brim with locally produced goods – from seeds to soaps to milk and eggs.

But while our experience was pleasant and enjoyable (we even came away with a purchase), I felt disappointment that even this well-curated gem of a store was missing what Greenville so desperately wants and needs. It was as plain as a literal sign on the wall: “POISON. Our seeds are treated. Please do not allow your children to handle or eat the seeds.” As I absorbed this sign, I continued to look around and see product after product that I would never want near my garden or my animals, much less my children. And I know I’m not alone. What Greenville, SC so desperately wants and needs is a farm and garden supply store that is willing to commit itself wholly to a natural and organic approach to the homestead and to educate others in that approach. Greenville needs a place where folks can be introduced to proper alternatives to popular thinking.

And so, Greenville, this is our pledge to our community:

At Backyard Homestead, you’ll never see a “do not handle” warning on our products:

  • You can trust us to deliver only the best natural, organic, non-GMO seeds and amendments for your garden.
  • You can trust that we will never sell a chemical fertilizer or pesticide.
  • You can trust that we will never advocate for treating animals with unnecessary drugs and topical medications.
  • In short, you can trust that anything you find in our store is going to be safe for every single member of your family and every single animal in your backyard.
  • And just in case you don’t share our sentiment, and hot pink corn seed is perfectly fine in your book, you can trust that you won’t here a word from us about it. We’re glad you’re a part of our homesteading community just the same!

Happy Homesteading,
Sam & Kelsey

By Sam
April 18, 2016

Hey Greenville, we don’t have an address! Here’s why. . .

online-shopWe get it, it’s really confusing. A Greenville-based retail store without an address! While we would love to have that brick-and-mortar for you to visit and see all our amazing and unique products, the reality is that we are a brand new family business and we just aren’t there yet. But we have a plan. . .

Step 1: Sell online and build a customer base.

We have a great website. You really should explore it. Every product you see on the website is carried in inventory at our home in Greenville, SC. We don’t drop-ship our products, and we don’t backorder anything. Best of all, if you live in the Greenville area, you don’t have to wait on the postal service or pay high shipping costs. We will personally deliver your order (whether it’s a single packet of seeds or enough rain barrels for your entire neighborhood) for free! (more…)

By Sam
March 02, 2016