titletextwithbear.jpg
WelcomeAbout UsAbout the FarmFarm StoreGrass-fed BeefThistledog's Farm Blog

Cowsgrazingonlowerpasture.jpg

About the Farm:  How It Began

Bobby Humphress came back to Kentucky from Florida in the late 1980's and found his daddy's farm back up for sale.  He bought it, and started the long, slow, laborious process of reclaiming the pastures, building a decent road up to them, and setting a double-wide mobile home on a foundation down at the bottom, close to the main road.  

Over the years he and his wife Alene have invested countless hours and immeasurable effort into the long process of making his childhood home the workable farm property that it is today.  In addition to a well-built road to the top which replaced the cart track used at the turn of the century, he had two ponds dug, fenced the perimeter, fenced the pastures to separate them from the forest, and built a 30' x 40' metal work shop across the creek from their little house, down by the state road.

Time and age overtook them, burdening them with medical bills and slowing them down with unforeseen illnesses, so in the summer of 2005 they put the property up on the market, listing it with a company that advertised it on the Internet.  That's where I found it, and went to see it in December 2005; we made an offer within three days of that visit, and to my delight, I was soon the owner of a farm in Kentucky, my "exit strategy" for retirement, as we call it in the Navy - or, my life's work, as I know it to truly be.

Grass Farming

When folks ask me, "What kind of a farm do you have?" I tell them I'm a grass farmer.  They expect to hear about a dairy farm, or Kentucky horse farm, but my farm will be a place that grows a variety of good food, both animal and vegetable, with little input other than sunlight, rainfall, and judicious application of soil-building minerals.  No, I haven't got any livestock yet, but I will soon - meanwhile, the developing grass and clover pastures are establishing the foundation for what I hope will be a very productive, intensively managed, forage-based livestock farm.  That means I might try just about anything, but I'll start with beef and lamb and some poultry, along with a small market garden, and go from there. 

But the grass, or more accurately, the forage, is the main thing.  Ruminants like cows and sheep are best raised on pasture for a number of reasons.  Chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks also fare very well on pasture, and I hope eventually to grow a few acres of grain crops to provide the majority of the supplemental grain they need to prosper. 

more info coming soon ...



“Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals."

~Aldo Leopold

 

LINKS WITH INFO ON THESE TOPICS COMING SOON!
 
 
Grass Farming

Small-scale, Organic, Sustainable Agriculture

 

Heritage Breeds and Heirloom Varieties

Restorative Forestry

Modern Horsepower

Timberframe Building