Meet the Newest Members of Grassy Roads Farm

How can you not have a good day when it starts with getting 26 new baby ducks? They’ve spent the entire day running around, cheeping, eating, drinking, exploring their temporary new home, and napping. I kept trying to get a cute napping picture, but like most little kids, they would […]

Reminders: Farmers Market and Open House

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us last week at the SoKY Farmers Market. We’ll be there again this Saturday with duck eggs and some of our nursery plants. We also wanted to remind you of our Busy Bee Nursery open house this Sunday, May 7, from 1:00 […]

2017 Plant List for Busy Bee Nursery

Busy Bee Nursery’s current plant list for the 2017 season is now online! You can view the plant list from our website at All of our plants are ones that attract and benefit honey bees, native pollinators, and/or wildlife. This year they are also all native to Kentucky. Included […]

Farmer’s Market Bound

This Saturday, April 29, we will be returning to the SoKY’s Market. We are once again sharing a table with a beekeeping friend who will be selling honey later in the season. We plan to be there most Saturdays as long as the ducks are laying and our friend has honey […]

Tentative 2017 Plant List for Busy Bee Nursery

We are excited to announce our tentative list of plants for this year! The list may change slightly as the last of the seeds are still germinating. We are restarting a few species where we didn’t get good germination the first time so some of these may not be available […]

Got Swarms? Call Us

It’s swarm season for honey bees. If you have a swarm land on your property, please do not spray it. If it is in the general Barren, Metcalfe, or Warren county areas of Kentucky you can call us at 270-202-2298 and we’ll either come collect it or try to help […]

Overwintered Transplants Taking Off

Last fall, I transplanted some of the plants I had started in the spring up to 1 gallon containers to overwinter. Many of those plants are already coming back and are spreading. Most perennial wildflowers begin blooming their second season so these overwintered plants will likely bloom this year. Maximillian […]

Duck Eggs are Back!

After taking the winter off, the hens have started laying again and we’re happy to announce that we have duck eggs available. We are keeping the price the same as last year – $5 a dozen. For those who haven’t had duck eggs, they are extremely rich and yummy. One […]

Transplanting has begun at Busy Bee Nursery

I’m happy to report that the seeds are germinating well and the plants are growing nicely! This weekend we started transplanting some of the young sprouts into larger containers. The transplants include wild blue indigo (aka false wild indigo), butterflyweed, New England asters, and smooth asters. All of these are […]

Busy Bee(keepers) in the Beeyard

While the calendar may say it is still winter, the plants and honey bees are whispering a different story. The plants are blooming and many things seem to be a couple of weeks early. With so much blooming, the bees have been busily bringing in pollen and/or nectar for over […]

Planting Underway for 2017 Season at Busy Bee Nursery

I know, I’ve been really bad about not posting farm or nursery updates in several months. However, my lack of posts doesn’t indicate a lack of activity. We’ve been very busy and plan to have the nursery ready to re-open on the last weekend in April. Many of the seeds […]

Cup Plant

Cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum) is a beautiful, native wildflower that blooms in mid to late summer. It is a unique plant that provides many benefits to wildlife. Its bright yellow flowers are loved by honey bees, native bees, butterflies, and many other insect pollinators. Songbirds will devour the seeds in […]

Busy Bee Nursery Interview Online

A couple of months ago, a WKU PBS crew came out to the farm to talk to us about beekeeping and the nursery. The segment aired on Mainstreet in late Sept. and is now online. We hope you enjoy it. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about […]

There is Still Time Left to Plant for Pollinators

In this week’s Kentucky Pollinator Blog, Shannon encourages us not to hang up our gardening tools just yet. Fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials that your pollinators can use next year. Read more about why this is such a great time for gardening at […]

Not at Farmer’s Market

Some of you may have noticed that we haven’t been at the Farmer’s Market in a couple of weeks. That’s because the girls are starting to slow down their laying and we aren’t getting as many eggs now. As the days get shorter, ducks will naturally stop laying eggs in […]

Varroa Mite Monitoring

Varroa mites are like ticks for bees. Like ticks, varroa mites can transmit viruses and diseases. If left untreated, varroa mite populations can explode and the viruses they carry can kill a hive. Unfortunately, many backyard and hobby beekeepers don’t monitor for varroa mites which means they have no hope […]

Devil’s Walking Stick

For those wanting to plant or manage their land for honey bees and other insect pollinators, devil’s walking stick is an important plant to learn about. Devil’s walking stick is highly attractive to honey bees and other pollinators. It blooms during the summer and is a native tree or shrub. […]

One Caterpillar You Don’t Want to Mess With

Life is never boring on the farm and this weekend was no exception. The baby ducks knocked over a bird bath that Shannon has planted with sedum. When she flipped the bird bath over to replant it, she found a saddleback caterpillar only inches from her fingers. Luckily, she didn’t […]

Duck Eggs at SoKY’s Marketplace

We’ve started selling our duck eggs at the SoKY’s Marketplace on Saturdays. We share a table with one of our beekeeping friends who has fresh, local honey for sale. If you are interested in purchasing our duck eggs, come see us at the farmer’s market. Of course, you can still […]