"Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments, owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains."
The Broadened Horizons Organic Farm began in 2004 as a small, family operated teaching farm in East Tennessee. dedicated to the learning, the practice, and the teaching of sustainable based agricultural practices.
Our working, restored farm served as our living outdoor laboratory and classroom for the natural restoration of native soil fertility, slow release water retention, and the reforestation effort to create a diverse woodland canopy on portions of a former over-abused, rundown, and degraded cattle farm.
Through an outreach educational program that sponsored workshops in subjects of new farm or homestead start-up, perma-culture design, earth systems awareness, organic gardening, rainwater collection and retention, and simple construction techniques to increase a building's energy efficiency and livability, we had the opportunity to trained new farmers, school children, and many adults in the practice of simple and sustainable living.
In December of 2012, our grazing lease was terminated on an adjacent (to our farm) 10 acre winter pasture, and it was then we decided to look for a new, more secure location with more like-minded partners to carry on our sustainable agricultural teaching work.
Entering into a committed and visionary partnership with our friend Swede McBroom, we moved our entire farming operation to Floyd County, VA in 2013. There we have designed, and are now in the process of building a new teaching farm from the ground up that already is a model of energy and resource efficient structures, well balanced land management, and co-operative relationships with the local farm and natural health community.