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Fahey: Fili-West Farms now operating at Bluffton Farmers Market

Ghie Boggs at Fili-West Farms in Vance. The farm is now operating at the Bluffton Farmers Market.
Ghie Boggs at Fili-West Farms in Vance. The farm is now operating at the Bluffton Farmers Market. Submitted
Nathan Boggs didn't know he wanted to be a farmer until he watched a video from the TED Talks series.

The type of organic farming described in the video by Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," made sense to him -- and seemed attainable.

"The quantities of meat and eggs produced at (Polyface Farm, which was mentioned in the talk) were kind of staggering to a layperson," Boggs said. "We all hear these naysayers saying 'Organic, all-natural, can't feed the world.'

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"But then I see that this nearly 100 acres of pasture is producing all that and I said, 'Wow, maybe it is viable,'" he continued.

Seeing the farm's success led him to create Fili-West Farms in Vance with his wife, Ghie, in 2009. As Ghie is Filipina and Boggs is American, the name is supposed to represent their relationship -- a Fili(pina)-Western couple.

Fili-West Farms recently set up shop at the Bluffton Farmers Market, which operates 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

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"I've been selling in the Charleston area for years now," Boggs said. "I really like the fact that (the Bluffton market) is year round."

Boggs sells pastured broils, pastured turkeys, pastured eggs and stewing hens, but says the eggs are his biggest seller.

He says his farming philosophy is to give animals as happy of a life as possible.

"We don't just feed our animals like they're cogs in the system," Boggs said. "We treat them in such a way that they get to express their instinctual behaviors."

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