Double H Farms: The Hermitage Hotel’s Sustainable Farming Project
Glen Leven Farm partners with Double H Farms – The Hermitage Hotel’s Sustainable Farming Project, which farms an heirloom garden at Glen Leven Farm. The Hermitage Hotel supports our organization through a visionary program whereby guests donate $3 per room night to The Land Trust for Tennessee for land conservation across the state and to support our education and outreach efforts at Glen Leven Farm. Through the guest giving program, The Hermitage Hotel has donated over $700,000 and protected land across our state.
Glen Leven shorthorn cattle
A herd of polled shorthorn cattle call Glen Leven home, owned by GL Shorthorns. There is a model of sustainable cattle grazing in practice. Cattle are rotated to fresh paddocks to allow vegetation in previously grazed pastures to regenerate. Cattle are excluded from waterways and thousands of trees have been planted along the creek to prevent erosion, improve water quality and develop healthy aquatic habitat.
The Honey Bee Sanctuary
Managed and maintained by volunteer beekeeper Matt Slocum, The Honey Bee Sanctuary is striving to be a model of Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping. There are currently 12 hives at Glen Leven Farm in various types of box styles: Warre, Horizontal Top Bar, Langstroth and an Observation Hive in the Education Garden. Through this partnership, we are working to maintain the health and vitality of the honey bee, the land, and the community. Be on the lookout for when Glen Leven Farm Raw Honey becomes available for sale.
Jackalope Brewing Company
Nashville-based Jackalope Brewing Company partners with Glen Leven Farm to produce locally-grown hops. Owners Bailey Spaulding (former Land Trust legal intern turned master brewer) and Robyn Virball plant, maintain and monitor the hop teepees located at Glen Leven. The hops were planted in 2013, allowing locals and tourists the chance to enjoy “Glen Leven” brew.