Behind the Farm
Jim Martin’s relationship with the land began on a dairy farm in northern Ohio. Caring for the soil was what they called organic farming.
A move to the Palmetto State at age 13 meant learning to garden in a foreign land. His 25-year career in horticulture is coming full circle with Compostinmyshoe.
His lifelong relationship with the land is shared today through his garden design, boutique farming and teaching/consulting.
Compostinmyshoe is dedicated to growing and developing high quality produce,products and services while nurturing the life-giving bond we all have with the land. Whether in a shoe or under foot, our existence depends on the delicate balance between how we use our soil for survival and the care we must have for it.
On a local scale, Compostinmyshoe celebrates the Lowcountry experience by placing its produce, products and services within the cycle of life right here!
Friends and Sources
Nancy Hart, owner and grower at Church Creek Nursery is near and dear to Compost In My Shoe's heart. Her expertise in the greenhouse aspects of growing have been an amazing resource. She provided a place for the seed to grow!
Their mission to advocate the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of our local-independent businesses and farmers is helping Compost In My Shoe expand as a business locally. One of their newest farm programs accepted Jim Martin as one of their first farmers for the Incubator Farm program. You will hear more about his work at Dirtworks as the experience develops.
Muddy Waters is Charleston's premier coffee bar and Compost In My Shoe's life support for a proper caffeine fix and coffee grounds! Collected daily, their coffee grounds go into our compost piles where within no time, become our elixir to a sweeter, better soil!
Without Fuzzco, we wouldn't look pretty! The powerhouse twosome of Fuzzco's founders Josh Nissenboim and Helen Rice along with the whole wonderful team created a place for us to spread the word about what we do, who we are and most importantly how others can get involved with our passion. Tell them Compost In My Shoe sent you!!!
Two Boroughs Larder is a combination restaurant, deli, and housewares market is a haven for serious food lovers. Husband-and-wife team Josh and Heather Keeler bring a passionate eat-local and make-it-yourself aesthetic to a stylishly refurbished storefront in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. The offerings are eclectic, with small and large plates, sandwiches, and salads, plus a mix-and-match selection of charcuterie and cheeses. Find Compost In My Shoe's produce used weekly in their ever evolving menu.
In addition to pizza, EVO (Extra Virgin Oven) serves an array of homemade soups, salads, cured meats and paninis on artisan breads, fresh from their wood-fired oven. Artisan beers on tap and distinctive European wines are the perfect complement to their honest food. Check out Compost In My Shoe's produce used in their kitchen.
At Butcher & Bee, they lovingly craft sandwiches using time-honored preparation techniques. They source the finest local ingredients the region has to offer. Their ever-changing menu is both adventurous and familiar. Look for Compost In My Shoe's produce in their cuisine.
The Grocery features ingredient driven cuisine with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Evoking memories of groceries past, the Grocery's menu displays a commitment to sustainability through Chef Johnson's relationships with local and regional farmers and fishermen. The restaurant also features house-made charcuterie and an in-house canning program, which helps preserve the harvest. For a communal dining experience, guests are encouraged to share the small and large plates on the continually-evolving menu. Compost In My Shoe's locally grown vegetables and herbs are featured in their weekly menus.