We accept that we are at best, very temporary stewards of this land. For as long as we reside here, our goal is to help heal the land by eliminating invasive plants, protecting and nurturing native vegetation as well as caring for the soil.
Our farm looks a bit different than most of the pristine, well-manicured landscapes of the bluegrass. The immaculate fencing, perfect hedgerows, smartly cut fescue and grazing horses are picturesque and stunningly beautiful. While enjoying and appreciating this look, we believe that there is also a place for more woodland pastures, less mowing, and more native plants. These plants support insects, birds, and mammals and the entire ecosystem.
We knew we wanted to live in the country but didn’t know what that would look like. We found our 20 acres in Northern Fayette County in 2006. The land had been a pasture for horses. Three of the boundaries were formed by 2 creeks and one railroad line, all lined by “woods”. Shortly after purchasing the property we built our home and began experimenting with what we were going to grow or raise. One thing we knew for certain…we just weren’t into “recreational mowing,” so a 20 acre yard to mow/maintain was not to be part of our future. We knew little about horses, cattle or other livestock and didn’t have the fencing and stalls that were needed. Most of all, I much prefer warm weather and the thought of feeding animals and breaking ice in bitter cold Kentucky winters didn’t sound ideal. As we began to research our property and its location, we began to learn more about what makes Kentucky, particularly the Inner Bluegrass Region, so incredibly unique. As I began to wander about the property, I discovered the small “wooded” part was mostly nonnative honeysuckle and not native plants. Although I grew up hearing stories about the bliss of sucking on sweet honeysuckle nectar in the summertime, the reality for us was a bit different. This particular plant, “bush honeysuckle” (highly invasive by the way) was introduced earlier in the 20th century and it comprised 70% of what was growing in our “woods”. This naturally begs the question…what was here before all this “stuff?” Daniel Boone said, “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place”. What did he see when he looked out over our great state? I’m sure it was not the aggressive, non-native plants that have crowded out our native plants. Thus the beginning focus of our efforts.
Reforesting mitigates soil impaction creating better water storage in the ground and helps reduce runoff.
We offer a few varieties of native plants and trees.
Let us show you our process for creating a woodland.
Reach out to us if you’re looking to create a woodland/forest paradise.