About

Good Things Grow Here

Owner Richard Kouyoumjian established his micro farm in 2005 after moving from New York City to Travelers Rest, South Carolina with his wife Jennifer in the pursuit of a "back to the land" life change, graduate school and the birth of their daughter Kriya.

Good Things Grow here started on New York City's east side where Richard was renting a garden apartment. He ran a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) business where he supplied supporters and caterers with heirloom tomatoes and a variety of kitchen herbs. Gardening became an obsession. "In New York, I scavenged streets recycling thrown out potting soil for raised garden beds, while making my rounds in Central Park collecting valued horse manure." The garden produced over fifteen varieties of heirloom tomatoes and herbs in less than 400ft2 of space. Moreover, Richard tended historic gardens at Van Courtlandt Manor in Bronx NY, and has work at Clemson University's Student Organic Farm and CSA and farm manager of Chanteloup Farm in Flat Rock, NC in 2008-2009.

Richard earned a BA in Biology and an MS in Plant and Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and vegetable pathology from Clemson University. For his master's thesis, Richard conducted evaluations of compost tea as a biological fungicide against early blight for organic heirloom tomato production. He is passionate about living sustainably, growing food and being a part of and contributor in the southern Appalachian local food movement.