A fantastic family looking to preserve and save a beautiful piece of land in Kentucky.
If you’ve landed on this page, I think it’s fair to say that we have one of the same interests; the environment and saving the beautiful land in Kentucky.. For me, environmental awareness ties into homesteading. I can’t tell you how much more aware I’ve become since starting to homestead.
One family saving Kentucky
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. Will Parsons, the owner of The 144, was our band leader and became a very close friend of ours. In 2014 Will, partner Megan Gregory, and their family entered the homesteading world. They bought 144 acres, which we now all call “The 144”, in Olive Hill, KY. Their goal is to preserve the land while cultivating a simpler, healthier way of living for themselves and the community around them. They successfully raise their own meat, vegetables, and fruits.
They’re currently living on part of The 144 with a handful of free-ranging animals and 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 is working to rejuvenate it by livestock rotation.
An environmentally aware
The 144 is surrounded by a 204-acre tract of Kentucky forest. Unfortunately, there was recently 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. Furthermore, it will ultimately be used as a public space and educational facility for their community and all of Kentucky.
They have launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of finding like-minded conservationists to support the cause. The family will make the purchase to keep extractive industries from stripping this beautiful land of its native hardwood trees and rich history.
Spreading the word
In addition to homesteading and performing in a family band, Whistle and Fish, William also builds mandolins. He continues to share his knowledge of music along with his partner-in-crime, Megan. I have directly benefited in many ways from the knowledge and community of the Parsons/Gregory family. In return, we are spreading the word to help them reach their goal to save this beautiful piece of Kentucky.
Saving Kentucky by sharing this GoFundMe Campaign
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. You’ll love the videos showing life on their homestead, accompanied by their homemade music located on their GoFundMe page. If you aren’t in a position to donate, that’s fine. If you would still like to contribute to the cause, share the link above!.
Now, I hope you find time to enjoy this short clip of some of the cutest border collie puppies ever playing!
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