New Ground Farm LLC is operated by a fifth generation farm family. The farm offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables along with culinary and medicinal herbs. It is all grown locally on 11.2 acres of irrigated land by Millard and Connie Locklear. Their produce is available at a stand on the farm site on Alvin Road, at local Farmer's Market, through community supported agriculture and at area farmers markets.
Millard began raising blackberries, blueberries and vegetables on a small scale in 2009. He retired from DuPont in 2015 and has expanded his blackberry, blueberry and vegetable crop. The farm is in the process of becoming organic certified, although it currently follows organic procedures and GAP (Good Agriculture Practices farm certified in 2016, 2017, and 2018) guidelines.
Vegetables grown include a host of spring greens such as collards, kale, turnip, mustard greens, broccoli, and cabbages (Chinese, purple, and green). These are rotated in the fall as well. In the summer months, New Ground offers a host of choices as well, including heirloom tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, okra, Crowder peas, butter beans, sweet potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, onions, cucumbers and sweet corn. Herbs are also available: rosemary, oregano, chamomile, chives, basil and yarrow.
In addition to its wide variety of farm-fresh produce, the farm also produces and markets both acidic and non-acidic prepared foods such as jellies, jams, pickles, chow-chow and other delicacies for the Southern palate. Connie is certified to sell canned, processed goods directly to consumers. We are also certified to sell eggs, process chickens on their farm.