We purchased SILO from the founders (Kelly’s and Budds’) because of our desire to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the local food movement in the Lowcountry.
Walter & Stacey Raines moved to Beaufort, SC the first-time in 2006 on orders to MCAS Beaufort. We instantly fell in love with the Lowcountry and decided this is where we wanted to raise our family. An Auburn alum, hailing from north Georgia and a fifth-generation raised on the same farm. Walter’s background is in aviation logistics and owner/operator of a landscape nursery. After 13 years of Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps, Walter has transitioned to the Marine Reserves in order to have time to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit and farming roots. Stacey’s background is in Marketing and is currently a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners. She is a University of Georgia grad and also hails from north Georgia.
With two daughters, Kyra and Sydney, both born at Beaufort Memorial, we wanted to be able to provide them an opportunity to grow up in a small-town atmosphere and a safe-environment. This drove our mission to find a way to call Beaufort home. Farming provided this avenue. In 2014 we purchased a home with land on Saint Helena Island in order to pursue this endeavor. Farming over the last couple of years while on Active Duty has provided time to experiment with different crops and farming methods. Branches Farm, named after one of the Live Oaks in our front yard, was established in 2016. As we began preparing for the 2017 season, we stumbled upon SILO’s closure. We knew that SILO’s concept was not yet ready for the annals of history. We wanted to see SILO revived to support the local farmers and producers to provide an outlet for consumers looking for real food grown/produced by real people. We are excited to be a part of the SILO Family and are looking forward to the adventures that SILO is going to take us on and hope that you will join us on those adventures!