When Brad and Sarah Martin purchased land under the shadow of Mount Pisgah in 2006, Southeastern Native Plant Nursery was born. The nursery, which is located in Candler, North Carolina – just outside the city of Asheville – has been selling native woody plants with much success across the eastern seaboard ever since. Brad has a degree in horticulture from Auburn University and has been dedicated to quality sustainable agriculture for his entire career. Sarah has had a long career in the diagnostic laboratory testing field and is dedicated to full product transparency, achieved through meticulous laboratory testing.
As long as Brad and Sarah have owned Southeastern Native Plant Nursery, community service and environmental sustainability and responsible stewardship have been the business’ core values. They give back to the community by donating both time and materials to local nonprofits, including Asheville GreenWorks and Riverlink, and as well as providing land for Community Supported Agricultural Groups, local flower farms and other seedling businesses. Brad and Sarah’s unwavering stewardship was recognized by Asheville GreenWorks, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the environment and quality of life for residents of Asheville and surrounding Buncombe County, when the organization granted them its Environmental Excellence Award for a Business in 2018.
With the implementation of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, Green River Botanicals emerged naturally from Southeastern Native Plant Nursery’s work and values. The Green River team has grown beyond just Brad and Sarah, but each team member embodies the founders’ core values. The Green River mission is simple: Provide products people can trust and partner with other farmers to ensure we build a business based on quality, transparency and responsibility.