August 25 was the day. Keeping It Rural was the theme. New Pioneers’ Sustainable Lands Roundtable was the sponsor. About 30 local farmers and landowners gathered at the Marion County Extension Office to learn about a toolkit of options for landowners interested in long-term planning for their land, especially intergenerational planning.

Participants in the Sustainable Lands Roundtable have benefited greatly from conversations among representatives of the three religious motherhouses in the area and partners from a variety of organizations related to land and land planning, including Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Campbellsville University, Kentucky State Nature Preserves, the Kentucky Land Conservation Alliance, and the Center for Interfaith Relations. This event was an outgrowth of those positive Roundtable experiences.

Initial participants from the Roundtable were: Andrew Berry, Susan Classen, Susan Hamilton, Kurt Mason, Barbara Sullivan, OP, and Charlene Moser, OP. Planners expanded to include participants with roots and experience in the rural communities of Marion, Nelson and Washington Counties. They included: Christan Miracle (Marion County Extension Agent), Dr. Steven Isaacs (UK professor of farm management), Dave Kessler (UK College of Agriculture Director of Philanthropy), Dr. Lee Myer (UK sustainable agriculture professor), Jason Nally (land manager at Maker’s Mark Distillery), Cody Rakes (Loretto Motherhouse Farmer), and Louise Allen from the Bluegrass Land Conservancy.

New Pioneers plans to offer a follow-up forum on the same theme in November. Watch this site for further information.