Glen Leven Farm is a working 65-acre farm just four miles from the center of downtown Nashville. When you cross Franklin Pike on Thompson Lane, you are at the original northern edge of the property on a road named for the family who owned Glen Leven Farm. The historic landscape was given to The Land Trust by Susan M. West, a descendant of Nashville settler Thomas Thompson who came to Nashville with James Robertson in the late 1780s.
Ms. West’s will stipulates that the land be left as open space, never to be developed or subdivided. The Land Trust conserves the property as a place that illuminates all aspects of our work – it is a historic, urban, working farm used as a recreational and educational resource for the community. Most importantly, it is our home. Since this vast urban agricultural landscape was given to The Land Trust without funds to support its maintenance and operation, The Land Trust relies on the generosity of those who value this unique place to help sustain it financially.
Glen Leven Farm is not regularly open to the public, but we host scheduled workshops, field trips, open days, group tours, volunteer days, pasture walks, arboretum walks, cultural events and lectures.
The Farming Operation is a dynamic working landscape that includes:
- An heirloom garden planted and maintained by the team at Capitol Grille for Double H Farms, The Hermitage Hotel’s Sustainable Farming Project
- A honeybee sanctuary maintained by volunteers
- An education garden planted and maintained by The Land Trust for Tennessee
- A rotational cattle grazing system managed by GL Shorthorns
- Hops grown by Jackalope Brewery