Welcome to the Fish Haul Farmers. A newly formed club in 2011, we welcome new members. We took our name from the creek that runs behind our farm. We are located in a sunny field next to the Port Royal Plantation tennis courts just off Ft. Walker Road. Please come visit our farm and watch the progress we are making in learning how to grow vegetables in the Low Country. We are fortunate to have a very long growing season here, so we plan on getting more than one harvest per year. Many items can be grown through the late fall and even into the winter season on the island.
As with any new hobby, start up costs will be incurred. The average price is $200 to $300 for the first year, as you will be responsible for initiation fees, yearly dues, and the cost of building and filling your box. There are many volunteers ready, willing, and able to help with the building process, so don't be intimidated by this aspect of gardening. The variation in cost is determinied by the type of soil you choose to put in your box and where it is purchased. Subsequent years will cost $30, as you will be responsible for only the yearly dues. Part of your fees will be used to build and maintain the fence that will keep deer and rabbits from dining on our delicacies, unlike our yards which provide plenty of nibbles for the local wildlife. We also have water and electricity at our site and anticipate building a garden shed within a year or two.
We will be working in 6 x 12 x 1 high beds, small enough to easily manage, but large enough for the usual tomato, radishes and bean plants. Water spigots are shared between three to four (3-4) beds and can be placed on timers if you desire. If you are a part-time resident, you may cover your beds to reduce maintenance and weed issues while you are gone, thus returning to a bed ready for use. We also have a designated organic area for those interested in chemical free gardening.
Come see the newest amenity in Port Royal Plantation and consider joining us today!