(L to R Mary, Ruth Anne, Bob, Susan, Elizabeth Hall Martin, Rob Martin, Heather, Benjamin, Samuel and Lindsey Hall)
At Bush-N-Vine we
have been growing fresh fruits and vegetables since 1979. The
Bush-N-Vine Farm has been in the Hall family for over 150 years.
Originally the farm was solely a peach farm. The building located on our
farm in York, South Carolina was used as a peach packing shed in the
1950's and 60's. In 1979, Bob Hall reopened the doors using the space as
an open air market. After graduating from Clemson University in 1980
Bob made farming his career. He has been selling delicious fresh fruits
and vegetables in the stand ever since. His hard work and dedication to
farming are the reason Bush-N-Vine Farm is what it is today! In 2010
after graduating from Clemson University, Sam Hall started working
full-time on the farm. It is our desire here at Bush-N-Vine Farm to keep
that family farm producing fresh fruits and vegetables like it has for
the past several generations.
About the Family
Bob Hall started the Bush-N-Vine in the summer of 1979. Bob was one of
four boys. His father, John Hall, was a land surveyor and growing up,
the four boys learned what hard work was all about.
Bob graduated from Clemson in May of 1980 with a degree in Horticulture.
In October of 1982, Bob married a wonderful lady, Susan Templeton, from
York. Susan graduated from Winthrop in December of 1982 with a degree
in Accounting. It has been Bob and Susan's hard work, financial
investment, dedication and determination that has made Bush-N-Vine Farm
is what it is today!
Benjamin Hall graduated from Greenville Technical College in May of 2007
with a degree in Small Engines. In July of 2011, Benjamin married a
sweet young lady named Heather Creel. Heather is originally from
Florence, and she finished Clemson in 2007 with a degree in Elementary
Education. Benjamin's knowledge and expertise is always an invaluable
asset to our farming operation. If it were not for his mechanical and
farm machinery knowledge, we would probably still be trying to fix some
of our equipment.
Elizabeth Hall graduated from Clemson in May of 2007 with an Elementary
Education degree. She helps out at the Bush-N-Vine when she has time,
but she stays busy teaching kids in Anderson School District 1.
Samuel Hall graduated from Clemson in May of 2010 with a degree in
Agriculture Economics. In June of 2010, he married a sweet young lady
named Lindsey Rich. Lindsey is originally from Irmo, SC, and she
graduated from Clemson in 2009 with an Early Childhood Education degree.
Samuel works on the farm full-time now, and you can often find him in
the stand or working in the field.
Ruth Anne Hall is a student at Clemson University where she is pursuing a
degree in Elementary Education. She plans to graduate in May of 2012.
She often helps out at the Bush-N-Vine when she is in town.
Mary Hall is a student at Tri-County Technical College in Clemson, SC
where she is pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. Mary helps out
quite a bit at the Bush-N-Vine. When she is not in the Bush-N-Vine, she
can be found outside near the barn where she checks on the cows with her
We are all very thankful for our family and the many blessings we have been given.
Our Farming Philosophy
As we begin a new year in farming, we have realized that we need to
communicate with you our philosophy and core values that we hold to as
husbandmen of God’s Creation. There are two key Bible passages that we
go to time and again as we face each year’s challenges. They lie in
Genesis chapter 3 and Romans chapter 8. These two chapters explain why
we fight literal weeds, insects and diseases to produce a crop each
year. As you will read, as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin and now our
sin, creation is affected and “groans” under the curse.
With this in mind, we realize that each year will have its challenges;
and we strive to be good stewards of the resources and leave them better
than when we started. When I started farming this land back in 1980, we
had little organic matter, and low fertility which resulted in very
clotty soil that was hard to cultivate. Over the years we have
implemented crop rotation and green manure crops, which have vastly
improved our soil tilth. For about the last 15 years we have received
the leaves from our local town and composted them and added them to the
soil. These practices, while no silver bullets, have made our soil much
Implementing, these practices doesn’t eliminate our struggles with
diseases, pest, insects and weeds but it certainly helps. We get heavy
disease pressure when we have lots of rain and high humidity so we do
have to spray fungicides as needed. Each crop has its own pest insect
that affects the marketability of the crop so we do have to rely on
insecticides at times. We spray no more than what is necessary and we
always follow labels and precautions. Fruits are more susceptible to rot
and insects, therefore we have to spray them more often. However, our
vegetables that we grow are sprayed very rarely and sometimes they are
never sprayed at all.
All that being said, you can go on the certified organic site and
find that we do much of what is required to be called organic. However
we have chosen not to go that route since we do find crop protection
chemicals to be necessary at times. If you garden in your yard, you
realize some of the same challenges that I have addressed here because
that is the nature of the world we live in. We hope this helps you
understand a little about Bush-N-Vine Farm and who we are and our basis
for decisions we make on the farm.