At Ashbourne Farms, we strive not only to work as an operating farm, but also to manage our land and soils to the utmost standards promoting minimal soil erosion and optimal organic build-up of the soils. We believe managing land for farming and wildlife can be obtained with the proper balance.
We have participated in many programs through the National Resources Conservation Services and planted over 65,000 trees and more than 200 acres of warm season grasses. These native grasses, which were once dominant in Kentucky, are best managed with fire as the Native Americans did. This is done in a controlled way to burn the undesirable dead vegetation and woody plants that dominate our current landscape. Native warm season grasses are better at providing carbon sequestration than the grasses used in the current rural and urban landscapes. Additionally, the native grasses provide superior nutritional forage for horses, cattle and other livestock. Not only does this provide great habitat for wildlife and endangered migratory birds, it also promotes protection from soil erosion and promotes organic build-up.
Recently, Ashbourne Farms donated its land and resources to a study on the declining bobwhite quail, involving the University of Tennessee and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.