Whew! The Land Trust has had a busy summer already! The biggest feat being the completion and launch of THIS amazing new website. Thanks to the help of Locomotion Creative. Take a look at just a few of the exciting things we have been up to in May and June…
JUNE 22: Noble Springs Farm Fest
Dustin and Justyne Noble, dairy farmers operating on a Land Trust-protected Franklin, TN farm invited us to be a part of their Summer Farm Fest to raise support and awareness for saving land across Tennessee. The highlight of the day for most was the baby goats. Needless to say they stole the show. The afternoon was spent listening to live music, sampling beer from Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company of Franklin and eating picnics on the grass overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of farmland. Thank you to The Lehews (who own the land and put a conservation easement on it so that local farmers like The Nobles have a place to operate and produce delicious food for our communities.)
JUNE 18: Troy Marden Talks Plants at Glen Leven
NPT’s Volunteer Gardener, Troy Marden, took some time to share some tricks of the trade with a group of green thumbs at Glen Leven on June 5th as he celebrated the release of his new book, Plant This Instead! Marden’s book gives gardeners of all levels ways to improve their plots by suggesting replacements for plants that ‘misbehave’. Feel free to check it out here.
JUNE 6: Family and Friends Hike for National Trails Day
Ahh, beautiful Bowie Park. We couldn’t think of a better place to spend a beautiful Saturday morning that this stunning property – especially on National Trails Day! A two-mile guided hike around the lake brought us back to the Visitor’s Center, where the land staff met up with The Fariview Garden Tour for some lunch and a chat. Happy trails! (Read more about our protected recreational lands…)
MAY 29: Glen Leven Stabilization Tours
Every farm needs some love, particularly farms that have been with us since 1857! Supporters of Glen Leven Farm and the Home Stabilization Project gathered to appreciate and admire the beautifully restored historic home. Among the many changes we presented new roofing, beautiful masonry work, restored windows, and completely re-built columns and porch area – quite the project! (Read more about the history of Glen Leven Farm…)
MAY 22: Between the Battle Lines: Glen Leven in the Civil War
The Land Trust and a group of Civil War Buffs took a little trip back in time to learn about Glen Leven’s role in the Battle of Nashville. Glen Leven partnered with The Civil War Trust and The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area in order to put together a special gallery outlining the role Glen Leven played in the war… including the conversion of the parlors into an army hospital. (Email Katie O’Bryan if you’d like to schedule a tour and see the displayed panels in the home)
APRIL 26: John Early Family Day
Glen Leven welcomed a group of students with their families and teachers from the John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, for what would turn out to be a hands-on experience from start to finish (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY). Thanks to the generous grant provided by the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee, the students at John Early were able to spend an exciting day doing something out of the ordinary: getting their hands dirty on a real working farm.
From turnips, to cattle, to miniature donkeys (good ole Will and Dave!), the students at John Early were treated to the whole scope farm activity through a newly developed field trip program called “The Five Senses Tour.” MNPS Museum Magnet School’s instructional designer, Becky Verner said of the experience, “The students clearly made connections between what they have learned in class to the resources they saw on the farm. This makes their learning truly come alive!”
Surprisingly, it is not corn that Jack Corn, an award-winning photographer and Land Trust landowner, prizes on his property; it’s wildflowers. Jack and his wife have identified over 100 species of wildflower on their protected 60-acre property. The Corn family opened up their treasure to Land Trust friends and family to enjoy and experience the benefits of wildlife conservation first-hand. We pulled on our walking boots and set out to scour the Corn property for a variety of beautiful and rare wildflowers, including the elusive Blue-Eyed Mary (an endangered species that places the Corn property on the State of Tennessee Wildflower Map). Amidst creeks, forest stands, and groves of Virginia Blue Bells, we took full advantage of the gifts our landowners have to offer. (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY)