The Outreach Farm was the brainchild of Michael LoVullo, a local homebuilder and native New Yorker who came to South Carolina via Vermont, hence the cows. For years, Mike volunteered his time as a cook at a homeless mission in Vermont. And when he moved to South Carolina, he saw how protein, a much-needed staple, was in short supply at the local Georgetown organizations that feed the hungry. The farm was formed in late 2003 with three cows and contributions from a variety of funding sources, including grants, personal gifts and fundraising activities. Soon, the purchase of more cows and essential farming equipment followed and now, with dedicated breeding; the farm has more than 100 head of cattle. The main farm consists of 65 sprawling acres in Hemmingway, S.C., on Route 512 – about one mile west of Route 41. In addition, we have leased an additional 107 acres near the Hemmingway farm for production of hay and grazing. That’s a total of 172 acres! What spawned The Outreach Farm mission? Based on a 2005 survey by the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 6% of households in South Carolina have “very low food security.” That’s the highest percentage in the nation – well above the U.S. average of 3.8%. These households are unable to sustain normal eating patterns. Furthermore, sources of protein are typically expensive and are more often absent from a limited diet. The Outreach Farm ground beef product today includes all prime cuts of the cow for the best quality possible.