Tallgrass Farm Foundation's Mission and Philosophy
Tallgrass Farm Foundation aims to preserve the agricultural heritage of Kentucky farmland by demonstrating sustainable agricultural methods, interpret the connections between food, land and community well being; and to nurture the human spirit through educational programs and public outreach both on and off the farm.
Farming is the foundation of civilization but most people know very little about where their food comes from or how it is grown. Our philosophy is to preserve farmland from random development through conservation easements and to demonstrate that it is possible to produce food of the highest quality, working in harmony with the environment and nature.
Tallgrass Farm is situated near Mayo, Kentucky in the midst of timbered and rock ledge ridges in northwestern Mercer County, nine miles from Harrodsburg, the county seat. It is surrounded on all sides by sprawl—diminishing farmland being cut up into minimum acreage for homes. As a protected and agricultural parcel in a vanishing landscape, this well defined farm plays an important role in the farm community of Kentucky providing its partners with educational and cultural events, open space and a connection to the land; and in particular, nourishing children through gardening and cooking classes, workshops, farm tours, lectures, nature walks, apprenticeships and outreach and consultation.
What We Do
Tallgrass Farm Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit agricultural and environmentall education resource model practicing rural land use that is environmentally and culturally sustainable. By reclaiming, preserving and adapting its rural Kentucky landscape, along with what is believed to be the state’s oldest bank-style barn, Tallgrass Farm Foundation offers facilities and resources for teaching and demonstrating conservation and good stewardship of natural and agricultural resources. Tallgrass Farm is preserved in perpetuity through an agricultural conservation easement.
Tallgrass Farm Foundation provides sponsorships with Nativity Academy, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the International Contemporary Art Foundation, Harrodsburg Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Department of Wildlife, Bernheim Forest, Boy Scouts, American Farmland Trust, University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism, The Culinary Trust, the Sierra Club, Lousiville Public Media, Slow Food Bluegrass, Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Wilderness Trace YMCA, Fort Harrod Beef Festival, Healthy Foods Local Farms, Savoring Kentucky, Cabbage Patch, The Berry Center, Food Chain, Seed Leaf, and the Arts Councill of Mercer County.