After traveling through rural farming villages across Thailand for four years, Bo Collins came to firmly believe that farming and the production of food is the basis of all human society and culture. He says, “The comforts of modern society are a direct result of food security,” an idea that’s led him to seek out a life in local food production. After graduating from the Lowcountry Local First Apprentice Program, he went on to work as a teaching assistant for LLF at Rosebank Farms and is now coming full circle as a participating farmer in the LLF Incubator Farm Program at Dirt Works. This fall he has a wide variety of mixed vegetables including broccoli, kale, onions, garlic, and even edible flowers. He’s also planted many types of herbs, focusing on basil and dill. Collins believes that quality produce stems first from a healthy, biodiverse soil ecosystem, and all efforts will be made to ensure a reduced impact on the land in production. Fresh-from-the-farm products are available through a number of outlets including direct order by email, phone, or website, local farmers markets, and a possible future CSA. His products are also featured in many local restaurants like the Green Door, the Lot, the Santuary and the Foodie Truck. Sol Haven Farms is represented in farmers markets as well, mainly at Charleston Farmers Market and Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. Eventually, Sol Haven Farm will also pursue the development of a sustainable living training program offering workshops on practical gardening and lower-impact living skills.