For the last 10 years, Gina Perez has been working with the Department of Natural Resources as a fisheries biologist and spending her free time playing her fiddle and cultivating her backyard garden. During that time, her neighbors watched the garden expand to produce enough for her to sell at the Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market in Riverland Terrace. Perez is excited that, with the help and support of Lowcountry Local First's apprenticeship program and the tutelage of Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett, she is now ready to transition into full-time farming. Fiddle Farms grows fruits, vegetables, and flowers on a one-acre Dirt Works plot as well as in Perez's quarter-acre residential plot. This spring's crops include arugula, garlic, onions, carrots, radishes, and lots of flowers. Fiddle Farms uses integrated organic weed, pest, and disease management along with an organic approach to fertility and nutrient management. Perez plants cover crops, like barley and buckwheat in order to add organic matter back into the soil without using chemicals. She also has beehives and pollinator habitats and garlic, heirloom squash, winter greens, and specialty crops. Find Fiddle Farms products at farmers markets, food trucks, and restaurants.