Growing up, we both always wanted to live on a farm, but never got the chance to do so. In 2012, we were able to make that shared dream come true. We purchased a small farm in Barren County, KY and named it Grassy Roads Farm. As beginning farmers, we are thrilled about the opportunity to pursue our agricultural dreams. We have lots of plans and dreams, but are trying to take it slow and grow in a sustainable manner.
We are both wildlife biologists so managing the farm in a wildlife-friendly manner is very important to us. Our goal is to manage for both sustainable, small-scale agriculture and optimum wildlife habitat. We plan to improve our wildlife habitat through forest and stream rehabilitation projects, invasive species management, and native plant restoration projects.
It is taking longer than either of us would like to implement our plans. It is easy to become impatient and want everything done NOW. However, there is only so much we can do in any one year and we both have lots of other things going on in our lives. The benefit of going so slowly is that we really get a chance to know our land, the wildlife that inhabits it, and how things change from one season to the next and from one year to the next.
As we talked about our farm, what we were doing on it, and our plans for it, many of our friends and acquaintances became very interested. They wanted to know how they could improve the wildlife habitat on their land or what they could plant to help the honey bees and other pollinators. We became one of their go-to information sources. Many years before, Shannon had toyed with the idea of starting a native plants nursery and backyard wildlife habitat consulting service, but it never went beyond the idea stage. Suddenly, that old dream seemed possible and Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting was born.