Working Farms

The Reese Brothers Mule Farm

THE REESE FAMILY MULE FARM Dick Reese is a fourth-generation farmer in a unique family business established in 1792. His great-grandfather Charles Reese moved to Sumner County and married Polly Deshea, an original Nashville settler. [READ MORE HISTORY] The Reese family has supplied pack mules to the Grand Canyon National Park since the 1920s. Each …

Happily Ever After Farm

In December 2015, Jonathan and Judith Smith closed on a conservation agreement fulfilling their dream of protecting a little slice of heaven, Happily Ever After Farm. Knowing it will remain an oasis forever was the driving force for the Smiths. The sixty acres is located on the border of Cheatham and Davidson Counties, an area …

Our Family of Farms

Between 2007 and 2012, Tennessee lost 3,000 family farms totaling over 600,000 acres of land. Protecting our farms means protecting the agricultural community and the local, healthy food we eat. The Land Trust has established conservation easements with multiple farms in Tennessee that produce fruits, vegetables and dairy products for area stores and restaurants. These …

Arugula Star Farms

Located on 152 acres in Maury County, Arugula Star Farms consists of rolling timbered hills, ridge balds and a scenic valley. The soil is among the most fertile in the country, consisting of silt loams and silty clay loams perfect for farming. The Land Trust has historically focused on conserving critical farmland; this property and many like …

Robertson County Farms

COMMUNITY-BASED LAND CONSERVATION Farming communities are an important part of our Tennessee way of life. Between 2000-2012 we protected three farms totaling nearly 600 acres in Robertson County using conservation agreements, but last year we recognized the critical need to ramp up efforts as development is exponentially growing in this county. In 2013 alone, we closed on five …

Holland Family Farm

The Holland Farm has been in their family for over 100 years, giving it the distinction from the Tennessee Department of agriculture as one of the 18 Century Farms that The Land Trust protects across the state. In 2008 when the conservation easement was put on this land, Kermit Holland was one of the oldest …

Noble Springs Goat Dairy + Creamery

Noble Springs Dairy is a Grade A Goat Dairy and Artisanal Goat Cheese located on a farm owned by Calvin and Marilyn Lehew. This sprawling dairy farm is nestled in the rolling hills which include several valleys and natural springs  just 6 miles from downtown Franklin, TN. Dustin & Justyne Noble, the owners of Noble Springs …

Alderson Farm

The Alderson Family’s 110-acre property in Maury County is located on Leipers Creek Road in the fertile community of Water Valley in the Duck River Highlands, which creates a beautiful vista along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Highlands area includes watersheds of three tributary streams that flow into the Duck River, one of the most …

Cruze Dairy Farm

Cruze Farm is a family dairy farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. Earl Cruze, his daughter Colleen and her fellow “Cruze Farm Girls” milk Jersey cows and bottle their own whole pasteurized Jersey milk, real churned buttermilk, light milk and chocolate milk. The Cruze cows are on pasture 365 days a year and are never given hormones. …

Giles County Farms (Row Crops)

This protected land actually consists of two separate properties. McCormack Farm, owned by Zollie and Jenette McCormack, includes 1,300 acres just off I-65 in Giles County. In the spring and summer, wheat, corn and soybeans cover the rich soils that are fed by the Elk River as it winds through the land for over four …