About our Teaching Farm

On December 4th, 2012, we were notified that our winter grazing rights on an adjacent 10 acres to our farm were being terminated. That was literally the straw that broke the camels back. We decided shortly thereafter to seek a new and better location for our teaching farm, and with offers of help and land from our good friend Swede McBroom, we have begun the complicated moving process to Floyd County, VA., 300 miles NE and 1800 ft higher in elevation.

The Broadened Horizons Organic Farm was located in West Roane County in East Tennessee. It was an 11.3-acre segment of a larger 96 acre land parcel. This hillside and bottom land area was formally used as a beef cattle farm, and is located within a stones throw of the impounded upper Tennessee River (Watts Bar Reservoir). We are a "grass-roots," family-operated working and teaching farm.

Founded in January of 2004, the farm's mission was primarily dedicated toward the learning and teaching of natural and sustainable practices of soil and water restoration through a multi-faceted organic / permaculture-based program of thoughtful land use planning and stewardship practices. Central to this goal was a comprehensive rainwater collection system that harvested and stored rainwater in cisterns and ponds for ongoing and future use in crop irrigation, livestock and poultry watering, poultry facility washing, aquatic food supply and wildlife habitat enhancement.

The original farm is still home to a multi-year, farm-bred, mixed-flock of selected heritage breed laying hens that are free-range pastured year round in a two acre complex of multiple runs and age-related housing options. A small apiary has been moved to our new location in Floyd County, VA.. Multiple gardens, orchards, and greenhouses provided fruits and vegetables in the appropriate seasons, but these have been left fallow in 2013 as we continue to phase out our farming operations in Rockwood.

In conjunction with our land restoration work, we conducted an ongoing program to convert existing buildings over to greater seasonal energy efficiency. Construction of existing or new structures were guided by the following criteria: to be low in material cost, to factor in directional orientation, to have minimum topographical impact, to maximum the use of vegetative landscaping, and the predominate use of local materials. All of our building projects involve at least 85% useage of local, natural, recycled and salvaged materials.

We will continue to offer year-round guided tours and seasonal hands-on workshops, as a way to share our decades of experience and knowledge. We invite you to tour our website, and learn about our sustainable land practices, the long-term vision of the Broadened Horizons staff, and the daily workings of our sustainability teaching farm.