We are members of Kentucky Proud, The ALBC, Oldham County Tours and CSA . Consumers look for the Kentucky Proud brand for fresh, nutritious, great-tasting food they can serve to their families with confidence. Kentucky Proud is recognized as the symbol of quality food products raised or made in Kentucky by Kentuckians.
Many years after swearing off the farm life when she left the family farm for college, and following a career as a nurse, Joyce Keibler and her husband Gary chose to spend their “retirement” as sheep farmers. In 2005 they bought Hemmer Hill Farm outside of Louisville, Kentucky’s Northeast End and began raising Saint Croix sheep. While Joyce’s family had experience with both beef cattle and wool sheep, she preferred the smaller size of sheep. After attending a free class at the University of Kentucky which introduced her to different sheep breeds, she decided on the Saint Croix, a small meat breed with hair rather than wool, known for its resistance to the parasite problems that often plague other breeds.read more
We are Kentucky Proud members listed under the categories of Producer/Grower/Breeder, Community and Supported Agriculture Operation (CSA). Our products include registered St. Croix Sheep, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic, Herbs, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Shitake, Thyme, Asparagus, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Edamane Soybeans, Eggplant, General Vegetables, Green Onions, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash, and Zucchini. Buying local products strengthens our local economy by keeping dollars at home and building a sense of community during the process. Kentucky Proud is not only a way to provide safe and nutritious foods for your loved ones, but it is an investment in Kentucky’s land, people and its future. Kentucky Grown Keeps Kentucky Growing!read more
Oldham Country - The Farm Tour Capitol of Kentucky - is proud to be home to the best, most educational farm tours and the liveliest horse show calendar in Kentucky! Come see Kentucky how it’s supposed to be seen - on horseback, see where the buffalo really roam, get up close and personal with alpaca and learn how their wool becomes fabric and art, and see the only petting zoo to raise animals in old greenhouses! Meet the horse characters of the children’s book, “The Tails of Windy Meadows”, and milk a cow! Speaking of horses, come witness some of the most awesome horse shows in Kentucky at some of the most state-of-the-art venues in the state! During a tour of Hemmer Hill farm in the spring, one might observe births and bottle feed a baby lamb. In harvest season, visitors can help with harvesting garlic, mushrooms and vegetables. We also own a special donkey, Churchill, who loves visitors of all ages. He spent his early days in a petting zoo, now he is a guard animal for our sheep.read more
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a clearing-house for information on livestock and genetic diversity.These breeds are threatened because agriculture has changed. Modern food production now favors the use of a few highly specialized breeds selected for maximum output in a controlled environment. Many traditional livestock breeds have lost popularity and are threatened with extinction. These traditional breeds are an essential part of the American agricultural inheritance.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy protects genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds. These rare breeds are part of our national heritage and represent a unique piece of the earth's bio-diversity. The loss of these breeds would impoverish agriculture and diminish the human spirit. We have inherited a rich variety of livestock breeds. We must work together to safeguard these treasures.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's programs include research on breed population size, distribution and genetic health; research on breed characteristics; gene banks to preserve genetic material from endangered breeds; rescues of threatened populations; education about genetic diversity and the role of livestock in sustainable agriculture; and technical support to a network of breeders, breed associations, and farmers. The need for livestock conservation is urgent. Each generation has taken its turn as steward of the genetic trust.