Saving Kentucky: An Environmentally Aware Cause
If you’ve landed on this page, I think it’s fair to say that we have one of the same interests; the environment. I’m not here to make a political statement about our environment. My promise to you is that you’ll never see a political statement made on my blog. I’m here to practice, learn, and hopefully teach about the homesteading lifestyle and how completely wonderful it is. For me, environmental awareness ties into homesteading. I can’t tell you how much more environmentally aware I’ve become since starting to homestead. Maybe it’s because I’m closer to the Earth or maybe it’s because every time I look at a plot of land I think “You could put a fruit tree here, a garden there, a few chickens over there…”. A blessing and a curse, really.
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE FAMILY
Emerson and I met while enrolled in the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. We were placed in a band together, and the teacher of the band, Will Parsons, became a very close friend of ours. In 2014 Will, partner Megan Gregory, and their family entered the homesteading world. They bought 144 acres (“The 144”) in Olive Hill, KY, with the goal of preserving the land while cultivating a simpler, healthier way of living for themselves and the community around them by raising their own meat, vegetables, and fruits.
They’re currently living on part of The 144 with free-ranging cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, bees, rabbits, horses, a donkey, and two large gardens. Their border collie herd dogs are a sight to see while working! The land is beautiful and the unused portion is a natural home for the Kentucky flora and fauna to coexist in a safe, undisturbed environment. One section of the land had been stripped and logged by a previous owner, and Will and his family are working to rejuvenate it by livestock rotation.
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE CAUSE
The 144 is surrounded by a 204-acre tract that recently has had new logging activity and is now up for sale. The Parsons/Gregory family wants to purchase that land to preserve the natural landscapes and ecosystems. The land will be placed in a land trust or nature preserve and will ultimately be used as a public space and educational facility for their community and all of Kentucky.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched with hopes of finding like-minded conservationists to support the cause. The family will match all donations and make the purchase to keep extractive industries from stripping this beautiful land of its native hardwood trees, a multitude of native flora and fauna, and rich history.
SPREADING THE WORD
In addition to homesteading and performing in a family band, Whistle and Fish, Will builds mandolins and teaches at Morehead State University, where Megan also teaches. The Green Acre Homestead has directly benefited in many ways from the knowledge and community of the Parsons/Gregory family. In return, we want to spread the word to help them reach their goal of $50,000 to save this beautiful piece of Kentucky land.
The campaign offers many perks for donations, ranging from a stay at their homestead to a Parsons hand-crafted F-model mandolin to keep or donate to a school of your choice. To learn more about this campaign, please visit “Save Our Kentucky Home” at https://www.gofundme.com/cu9zg-save-our-kentucky-home. You are bound to love the videos showing life on their homestead, accompanied by their homemade music! If you aren’t in a position to donate but would still like to contribute to the cause, you can share the link above with anyone you think would be interested.
Now, I hope you find time to enjoy this short clip of some of the cutest border collie puppies ever playing!