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By Lyn Stanton
My first day on the job was November 2nd, 2020. In the 3 months I have been here, I must admit, I am having a wonderful time. Every day, as I arrive on this breathtaking piece of land, I am struck by the gravity of its importance. Homeplace is an organization that honors the past to serve the present and ensure an enlightened future. Part community center, part living time capsule, and part laboratory for forward-thinking ideas, Homeplace on Green River is unrivaled in its uniqueness and potential. I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position.
By Lyn Stanton
As we prepare for Spring, work on our trails is soon to return upon completion of the Agrarian Trail this year, will have a network of over 7 miles of walking trails stretching from Tebbs Bend Road near the metal Green River Bridge, along Green River and up to Joe Kerr Road. This will allow visitors a wide variety of landscapes to enjoy as they experience nature here at Homeplace.
Looking to the completion of the Agrarian Trail, we are also looking into making it a place to hold running and biking competitions, possibly as fundraisers, or other community minded events.
As we enter a new era with a New Director and prepare to expand our programs and activities, it was time to take on a new logo. Brand recognition is important, especially in this digital age and so, inspired by the imagery of the past and the colors we find on the farm, we created a new icon to unite us in our mission moving forward.
Once revered for its sheer size and beauty, incredibly durable wood, delicious and nutritious nut-meat, and fast growth, the American Chestnut Tree is an historic icon. It is interwoven with our culture and was a cornerstone of the Appalachian economy for generations. Sadly, a fungal blight simply decimated the total tree population in the beginning half of the last century rendering it functionally extinct. Now, the very existence of this mighty tree now hangs by a thread. Luckily, however, that thread is being held by a small army of men and women working doggedly to bolster the tree’s resistance to the blight with the intention to restore the species to its former glory.
The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), as their website says, “is committed to restoring the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. Unlike other environmental organizations, TACF’s mission is not about preventing environmental loss or preserving what we already have. The concept of our mission is much bolder and more powerful. It’s about the restoration of an entire ecosystem and making our world a much better place than we found it.”
By Lyn Stanton
As we move into the year 2021, it is obvious to all that the optimistic feelings we all shared eleven months ago that the Corona Virus phenomenon would only upset our way of life for a few weeks, a few months at most, have been replaced with the awareness that things may never really go back to the way they were before. But, even though things are different, life does indeed go on. Communities still need to gather together and celebrate life.
By Billy Joe Fudge