At Iron Horse Farms, head trainer Christine Johnston and her staff of sheepdogs and equestrians immerse horse lovers in everything from intensive show training to introductory lessons. Riders can feel the wind in their manes in the outdoor arena or move to the indoor pen on days when the Pegasus constellation trots over to eclipse the sun. Packed with soft rubber footing to ensure horses’ comfort, the training areas represent just part of the expansive facility, which also includes lounges, tack rooms, and large turnout pastures.
As Halloween approaches, a formerly self-sustaining family farm that then became a premier agritourism destination transforms into Cagle's Haunted Barn, a frightening attraction that terrifies guests within their Haunted Barn. Each year brings a new haunted theme, with past stories including a cannibalistic family home and a cursed mental hospital, so even repeat guests will be newly frightened.
Most farms house livestock, cornfields, and vegetable patches. But the crown jewel of Skydive the Farm’s 55 acres of property is something a little less typical: a Grand Caravan turbine-engine plane. Its Blackhawk engine modifications allow it to jet briskly to proper skydiving altitude, at which visitors leap out its doors and parachute to the farm’s spacious landing area. Adventurers can dive tandem-style, strapped to a certified instructor, or opt for more independent freefalls. Available only after several hours of training, these flights earn divers AFF licensing, requiring them to open their own parachute and land with radio assistance. Family and friends can watch their loved ones master the skies from a spacious viewing deck instead of having to find a sturdy enough cloud to climb upon. Divers can also watch themselves afterward via the center’s professionally-made flight DVDs, complete with video footage and photos.
Mustard Seed Landscaping's roster of professional green thumbs pampers verdant lawns and sculpts residential foliage with an eco-friendly cache of natural alternatives to synthetic fertilizers. With a slew of services, Mustard Seed's gang of terrain therapists tackle basic lawn care (a $45/hour value) to keep lawns looking healthy and feeling svelte. Evan Williams, Mustard Seed's founder and symphonic soil maestro, conducts his mowing team to glide over lawns, snipping errant wisps, trimming troublesome weeds, and edging sidewalk and driveway borders to mediate warring cadres of land gnomes. In preparation for the fall, Evan also trims and prunes perennials, prompting a speedy spring return from their subterranean winter's hibernation. Check out Mustard Seed's online gallery, where it displays past projects and sentient riding mowers.
The technicians of The Grass is Greener Lawn Services draw from a deep knowledge of seasonal landscaping techniques to keep lawns looking their best year-round. In warm weather, they apply frequent doses of weed and crabgrass preventer, and in the cold months, they skillfully prune trees and condition soil so that roots can grow healthfully when temperatures start to rise. Organic products are used whenever possible, and Integrated Pest Management techniques keep pesticide use to a minimum.