If you plant it, they will come. The words rang in Jim Bennett’s ears as he shot awake in September 2009. Jim had dreamed of taking his daughter to a pumpkin patch, and when he awoke that night he scribbled plans to bring that dream to life. Over the next year, Jim and his crew hand planted pumpkin seeds on the fourth-generation Bennett Farm to prepare it for a fate quite different than its 60 years as a cattle farm without a single crop grown on it.
These days, pumpkins and gourds wait on the vine in three patches as hayrides pass by daily. At the petting farm, youngsters interact with sheep, miniature horses, and miniature-miniature horses, which mice rode in the old west. Kids can also navigate a hay-bale maze, frolic in the corn crib, and race down a 36-inch, 20-foot-long pipe slide.
Chefs in the cook house craft teacakes, pork skins, and apple pies with a wood-burning stove and wash pots hanging over an open fire. In the sorghum mill, workers transform farm-grown cane syrup, which the Bennetts sell in their country store alongside handmade soap and honey from local vendors.
A network of winding trails and windswept pastures extend over the 18 acres of countryside belonging to Fasco Farms LLC, an equestrian and agricultural facility. Stephanie Williams, the ranch’s owner, specializes in transforming adults and children into sound horseback riders through lessons in the disciplines of English and Western riding as well as Natural Horsemanship clinics. Each clinic helps students advance their saddle work, pick up problem-solving techniques, and learn how to load a trailer. The farm also practices equine massage, which, like sports massage for humans, keeps horses at peak physical shape in preparation for competition or while recovering from a breakup.
Situated on a 1,500 acre parcel of land, The Rock Ranch is dedicated to promoting "agritourism" and educating guests on all all manner of outdoor fun. Beyond the livestock and rolling hills, the 1,500-acre ranch is also home to action-packed, family-friendly activities that include zip line, a cane-pole fishing area, pony rides, and paddle boats. When in season, the fields are lush with blackberries and blueberries, which can be picked by visiting humans or bunnies with ladders.
Watching the grass grow may be a boring endeavor, but the team at Weed Man Lawn Care knows that it’s a whole lot better than watching the grass fade away. With this in mind, the crewmembers combat the broadleaf weeds that crowd grass out as well as the grubs and pests that gnaw at its roots. Aeration services supplement weed control, helping grass and its roots absorb oxygen, water, nutrients, and compliments from admiring mailmen.
There are no words to describe this beautiful farm- you just have to come check it out! With over fifty students, we have something for everyone. Students range in age from five to seventy-five and all enjoy the lessons from our three wonderful trainers, all while relaxing on this 50+ acre farm.