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Bio Way is a USDA Certified Organic market farm growing vegetables, mushrooms, and some fruit near Ware Shoals, SC. The farm evolves on permaculture principles as we strive to serve our customers, our region, and the land. We farm on 5 acres of the 120-acre farm with the remainder in old-growth forest and managed for biodiversity. We've owned the land since 1987, moved here in 1999, and started the farm in 2004.

We are a longtime vendor at the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville, SC. We run a small CSA and sell to many of the farm-to-table restaurants in the Upstate. Our produce is available to retail at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. We also have an honor system farm stand.

Our work schedule…

Apprentices work with us in the field and forest 5 days/week and rotate a small number of weekend chores such as selling at the Saturday market in Greenville, watering the prop house, and livestock care.
The apprenticeship will begin in March 2022 and end in December 2022. We work from 40-45 hours/week. Our days consist of sowing, planting, cultivating, harvesting, packing, and delivering our organic produce as well as various maintenance activities as needs arise.

Compensation offered...

$400-600 a month depending on experience which includes full room and board.
Apprentices will receive a full immersion in what it takes to run an organic market farm with access to records, resources and full disclosure.

Our location...

We have a 120-acre farm with mature hardwood forests and a 5-acre lake for swimming, boating, and fishing. We have a network of walking trails. I've done extensive native and edible plant landscaping around our homestead. We are near the historic mill town of Ware Shoals on the Saluda River. The Sumter National Forest is nearby with opportunities for mountain biking and hiking. Greenville, SC is 30 miles away with many services and amenities. The mountains are about 1 hour away.

I have extensive knowledge of ecology, natural history, and biodiversity of the Southeastern U.S. and enjoy sharing this through my library and in the field. I’m also a member of the Carolina Bird Club, SC Native Plant Society, and SC Association of Naturalists and invite apprentices to join me at their meetings and on their outings. I can teach tree, plant, and bird identification as well as show best practices in ecological restoration and land management as well as permaculture.

What we’re looking for…

No previous farming experience is necessary. I hope applicants have a strong land and work ethic. The ability to work outside in all types of weather and lift 50 lbs. is necessary. Good communication, self-motivation, critical thinking, attention to detail and a positive attitude are characteristics that will help one succeed.

Year-round employment and other opportunities are available to those who complete the apprenticeship.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact Chris Sermons by email or phone.

We host WWOOFers year-round via WWOOF-USA.

From time to time we host on-farm events that you can learn more about on social media and our website. We also have an AirBnB cabin for rent.

About purchasing from Bio-Way Farm...

“Bioway is particularly great at growing specialty produce and we really appreciate the attention to permaculture and sustainability. Bioway is also great at supporting local food movements in general and helping get more food in the hands of the consumers.”

- Jaqueline, wholesale buyer at Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery

“Chris Sermons really is the original pioneer of responsible farming in the Upstate of South Carolina. When I moved and opened a restaurant here in 2006 he was really the only person I could find growing interesting varieties of vegetables, and selling direct to chefs and restaurants. He's grown product specifically for my businesses, really making him a partner in the success of not only mine, but any serious chef and ingredient driven restaurant or market. Can't say enough positive things about our relationship, and his focus on delivering interesting, seasonal and responsibly grown vegetables. I'd be happy to elaborate more to anyone interested in Chris's passion and knowledge of responsible farming practices.”

- Jason, wholesale buyer at Stella’s Bistro

About working for Bio-Way Farm...

“There was always an opportunity to learn hands on during work and leisure time, a positive and comfortable living arrangement.”

- Laura, former apprentice

“This farm is beautiful. Accommodations are excellent. A great deal of thoughtfulness toward long-term sustainability has gone into all aspects of Bio-Way farm. The farm is on an arc toward restorative agriculture.”

- Jason, volunteer