Category Archives: Farms

The Next Step in Improving the Quality of My Life

Starting literally at ground zero with their new purchase in 2007, Mackey and Barry, owners of Red Sunflower Farm, researched, read, and were mentored into homesteading.  The concept of homesteading involves commitment.  Commitment to agricultural production that supports a self-sufficient lifestyle.  Commitment to preservation … Continue reading

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Red Sunflower Farm, a Self-Sustaining Homestead

Recently Barry Schlimme, farm manager and co-owner with his wife, Mackey McNeill, of Red Sunflower Farm gave me a walking tour of their organic, self-sustaining homestead in Independence, KY.  The commitment Barry and Mackey have made to sustainability through permaculture principles … Continue reading

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Idyllwild Farm: Food for the Body and the Soul

The rear Idyllwild Farm acreage, located behind the convent, is comprised of heavy, Kentucky clay-based soil.  Mike Hass and I discussed some of what Idyllwild Farm grows, and how those crops are seasonally grown and biennially rotated; however, I’m certain … Continue reading

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A Novice’s Introduction to Organic Farming: Idyllwild Farm

I’m a visual girl, and I love the physical beauty of organic winter greens.  They’re strong and plentiful in this season and grow well through the end of Nov and into Dec, even as the seasons transition. It’s my view that … Continue reading

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Four-Season Growing: Idyllwild Farm

My next (happy) foray into exploring local organic growers is the Idyllwild Farm.  Idyllwild is a small, certified organic market farm on the grounds of the St Anne convent in Melbourne, KY. You know the St Anne convent, right?  Think, … Continue reading

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