The Old Barn Place
Our small North Alabama farm focuses on healthy fruit and vegetable growth without harmful pesticides or fertilizers. Located on the farm are private gardens and a delightful old barn. County records show that over the last 100 years the old farm has had a few owners. With any property that has had multiple owners; the barn has had many usages. Each property keeper has placed their personal stamp on the residence and for whatever the purpose; the barn has maintained a strong foundation. Though appearances may show flaws, we feel that it tells a story. Today, for the current owners it is a continuing tale of great expectations.
The 100 year old updated barn has been described as imperfectly perfect, southern sweet, intentionally simple, surprisingly quaint, and country elegant. Friends often tag the preserved place for their special events. It has splendid cedar exterior and mirrored interior. In addition to the loft and amenities the century old building will transport you to a beautifully simple and coveted day and time.
We have a community of friends, family and supporters. We love spending time with them and our space makes it easy by hosting guest lists of up to 100 people. To keep the "old barn" or "country” feel we considered an outhouse. Some of our city slicker friends quickly urged us to go with indoor plumbing. So we listened. Nowadays, this once catchall comes with a small prep station. Now the old barn has all the amenities and space for cleaning and packaging vegetables grown in the gardens. We also fancied up a couple of mud rooms. After looking at the pictures some of you may be thinking.... a bath tub... in a barn mud room? Well, why not. This solid iron beauty came from a friend who had it tucked away in her backyard. We call it the utility sink and it fits perfectly.
With the above mentioned, we invite you to take a look at the old place after and before the renovation. We hope you enjoy the tour inside and out.
In the fall and winter months we plant cover crops in the larger gardens. With the help of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University and Auburn University soil test samples, clover and rye have been the crops of choice. This is great for the soil. The surprising thing, at least to us, is that healthy gardens attract a number of unexpected visitors. We really think they posed for this photo. Often, they look at us as if we are bothering them.
So Friends of WH Farm. When you are ready to slow down and smell the honey suckle, sip the sweet tea, lean against the rough cut cedar, or gather around the wood burning stove, call or email the fine folks of WH Farm. We would also like to invite you to continue to visit us online and on FaceBook . See what we have "Growing On" and "The Happening" and remember, the doors are open to Friends of WH Farm who want to learn, grow and share with others.