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Homeplace on Green River hosts Chamber luncheon

Adair County Judge Executive Gale Burris Cowan reported, "I jumped the county line today and attended the Taylor County Chamber luncheon at Homeplace on Green River. They had a ribbon cutting for an Outdoor Classroom for the Homeplace which is a great venue and shared project by Adair, Green, and Taylor Counties."

The Campbellsville Taylor County Chamber of Commerce meets monthly at a different location. Their October meeting was held at HGR where President Billy Joe Fudge introduced Miss Kentucky. He gave a rundown on the many current and upcoming projects (coming in a separate story) and introduced guest speaker, former Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agriculture Policy, Warren Beeler.



To put the spotlight on the Homeplace, from their website:
Homeplace on Green River is a shared project of Adair, Green and Taylor counties, dedicated to protection and promotion of rural American culture. It is located at 5807 New Columbia Road, between Columbia and Campbellsville.

The farm is being restored by volunteers and is administered by a Board of Directors representing all three counties. Homeplace is dedicated to the protection and promotion of rural American culture through the sustainability of agriculture and natural resources using education, conservation and the economic opportunities of agri-tourism. Homeplace showcases the local history of Adair, Green and Taylor counties as well as that of all of Kentucky. It is maintained entirely by volunteers.

Homeplace has a rich history of national, state, and community support. Since receiving its 501 (c)(3) tax free status in 2002, it has been granted over $850,000 in funding from 15 organizations and agencies.

In addition to the three county governments, The Nature Conservancy, U.K. Cooperative Extension Service, TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOURSEKY), Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association, Heartland Waterways Tourism Corridor, Kentucky Departments of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife, and Forestry, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Services and others are playing an active role in the restoration and operation of the farm.

Funding for initial purchase of the property was provided by The Farmland Protection Program.

Individuals and families have made $5,000-$10,000 gifts for projects at Homeplace including for the home and reconstruction of an early log tobacco barn. The combined 400+ acres and surrounding region add to Homeplace's strength as a potential major tourist destination.

The Homeplace on Green River and adjacent Tebbs Bend/Green River Nature area owned by Taylor County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Homeplace also borders on the historic Tebbs Bend Civil War Battlefield.

Homeplace offers a living-learning-working farm that is being restored while remaining operational and 97% debt-free. Documented volunteer hours speak volumes about the dedication and commitment of its Board of Directors, partners, local colleges and universities, and many other supporters.

Contact the Homeplace at staff@homeplacefarmky.org or 270-789-0006.


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Homeplace on Green River special event



2021-10-15 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Miss Kentucky Haley Wheeler from Powell County, KY was special guest at the Homeplace on Green River Thursday, October 14, 2021. She is pictured with HGR President Billy Joe Fudge and his wife Libby as the lunch meeting of the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce got started in the big red barn.

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Paisley and Elsa at Homeplace



2021-10-20 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Paisley Hardesty, 5, granddaughter of goat farmers Chris and Marie Anderson of Coburg, KY, leads Elsa, an oversized Nigerian Dwarf at the Homeplace on Green River ribbon cutting for the Outdoor Classroom. The goats provided by the Andersons will be surrogate moms in a program to raise funds for the Homeplace and also to teach students.

Homeplace on Green River is a shared project of Adair, Green and Taylor counties, dedicated to protection and promotion of rural American culture. It is located at 5807 New Columbia Road, between Columbia and Campbellsville.

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Agriculture future was highlight of Beeler's speech



2021-10-22 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Gerard Flanagan and Linda Waggener.
Warren Beeler and his wife Dee Dee were special guests, and he was the featured speaker, at the opening ceremony of Kentucky's Outdoor Classroom at the Homeplace on Green River. Beeler is the former Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy, former Director of Agriculture Policy at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and current spokesperson for the TeachKyAg Engage Program. Homeplace Board President Billy Joe Fudge thanked him for an inspiring speech about the exciting and ever-evolving practices in agriculture happening in Kentucky today.

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