Located 95 miles south
of Louisville, Kentucky, just east of Campbellsville and north of Green River Lake, Bear and Thistle Farm is
centered on 25 acres of lush hilltop pasture, graced by two small ponds and surrounded by more than 100 acres of eastern mixed
This is a farm in the making - a small farm, not just in size, but in the tradition
of small farms of an era gone by, where food is grown with care and the land is both conserved and utilized to support a complex
patchwork of complimentary enterprises. You'll find no monoculture here, no single crop or kind of animal
raised; nor is the goal to make the most profit. Instead, we aim for diversity of products, preservation of heritage
species, good stewardship of the watershed, soil and forest, and participation in a healthy local economy, all
accomplished with few external, non-renewable inputs.
They used to call these self-sufficient farms "subsistence" farms,
which implied a desperate scraping by, doing without, and sacrifice of comforts. They were and are nothing of the sort.
We believe the value of small, independent, diversified farms is being rediscovered in this time of
declining energy and oil supplies, global economic struggles for food and natural resources, nationwide problems with food
safety, and concern for the environment. We have decided to join the growing numbers of hard-working, innovative,
concerned Americans who are called to live the life of a community-based farmer, thoughtfully caring for a piece of land and
adding to the local economy by raising health-giving crops and grass-fed livestock humanely, in concert with the entire web
of life, not in opposition to it.
We welcome you to sit and browse a bit; find out why
we're building this farm, watch it grow from what it is to what it will be, and hopefully someday pay us a visit in person,
as we journey toward living the life we have imagined.
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