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Nature Study Tour: Trees in the Bluegrass
June 19, 2018 @ 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm
The farm landscape is shaped by more than what is placed in the ground. To maintain sustainable farming practices, the farmers at Elmwood Stock Farm work closely with the birds, bugs, trees, and wildlife, while keeping in mind the history and geology of the land as well. Join Mac Stone and a guest expert each month to take a closer look at these important aspects of organic farming at Elmwood Stock Farm.
The second tour in the Nature Study Farm Tour Series is Trees in the Bluegrass with guest expert Rob Paratley, Curator of University of Kentucky Herbarium. Located in the heart of the Bluegrass, Elmwood Stock Farm has many quintessential Kentucky woodland pasture tree species on its 550 acres. In fact, Elmwood is mentioned in Tom Kimmerer’s book Venerable Trees: “Not surprisingly, the trees in the woodland pastures at Elmwood Stock Farm are thriving.” The Elmwood Stock Farm Trees in the Bluegrass Tour offers a guided tour of the Blue Ash, Chinkapin and Bur Oak, Catalpa, Cherry, Maple, Sycamore, and other species that are found on this farm and throughout the region. Rob will offer guests a deeper look at Kentucky woodland pastures though tree identification and characteristics of essential Bluegrass trees and talk about how open savana-like vegetation showed up in the bluegrass. Elmwood’s Mac Stone will also discuss why preserving these old, grand trees is a priority on the farm and how the farm’s organic commitment allows and even encourages their preservation. Everyone should leave this tour appreciating the trees at Elmwood and across the Bluegrass.
This educational evening walk around Elmwood Stock Farm will take place June 19th, 4:45-6:45pm