Farming has been a part of Alec Bradford’s life for as long as he can remember, and it’s been in his family for generations. His grandfather was a farmer and doctor who raised chickens, cows, and hogs on his farm in Murfreesboro, TN, where Alec spent his summers learning how to raise livestock and grow vegetables. His grandfather taught him the basics of farming and husbandry while his grandmother taught him self-reliance and empathy.
As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and so after graduating from college and spending some time working in the city with a standard 9-to-5 job, Alec found himself longing to be back on the farm.
So he ditched the city life and left for the country. His time spent in the city had left him mildly depressed and severely unfulfilled, but while on a fishing trip intended to breathe some life back into him, Alec found more than he was expecting.
Ten years later, Leaping Waters Farm farms over 800 acres of pasture, and sells quite a lot of their product to both home cooks and professional chefs up and down the east coast. There work a lot, have some crazy stories from the farm life, and the children do eat the best food that their family can raise.
Today, Leaping Waters Farm is beyond excited to be entering into the Charleston, SC market, offering HERD Provisions Meat CSA, Herd Provisions food truck and opening their first brick-and-mortar combination butcher shop/restaurant in 2018!
A native of Knoxville, TN, Aaron has been training and cooking in restaurants since he was in high school. After earning his Bachelors degree in Restaurant and Foodservice Management from UT, Aaron completed the ACAP program at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, CA. While in culinary school, Aaron worked as a butcher at Cochon555 and Primal Napa Valley assisting chefs Chris Cosentino and Ryan Farr. Upon his return to the Southeast, he worked as a poissonier at some of the regions top restaurants, including Blackberry Farm and FIG.
Aaron is best known in Charleston for his time as fishmonger at Abundant Seafood, a top local fish purveyor. Working side by side with Mark Marhefka, Aaron caught, filleted and sold fresh catch to Charleston’s best restaurants.
Prior to opening Herd Provisions, Aaron trained at Williamsburg Packing Co. in Kingstree, SC, where he honed his whole animal butchery technique, overseeing the process from live animal to meat on the plate. He is now operating the Herd Provisions food trailer, popping up in various neighborhood locations to introduce food lovers to his “Herd Burger” and other signature dishes showcasing Leaping Waters Farm meat. Herd Provisions is scheduled to open in the Fall 2018 at 106 Grove St. in Wagener Terrace.