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Celebrating Good Stewardship of Family-Owned Land

Throughout her childhood, Judy Greene-Baker, lived on the family farm in Madison County. The Lisle Cunningham Farm and Property LLC was originally purchased in 1933 by her grandparents, then passed down to her parents and now co-owned by Judy and her brother, Morris Cunningham. While farming was always part of her life, Judy wanted to do more. She entered nursing school and after receiving her degree she became an Officer in the United States Army, where she served for 28 years. Following retirement, Judy returned to the farm and with the assistance of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), she was able to restore and improve the farm that had been passed down to her.

The Lisle and Cunningham Farm and Property LLC consists of 46-acres operated by Judy and her husband Walter. They utilize those acres to graze their stocker cattle herd and grow vegetables. Being a cattle stocker operation, they purchase their cattle in the spring, allowing them to graze on the property during the summer and selling the herd in the fall. Judy and Walter, stewards of their land, worked with NRCS utilizing the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). They installed conservation practices including rotational grazing, watering facilities, heavy use area protection, and high tunnels throughout their farm enabling them to better manage their herd and the land.

These practices help preserve the natural resources of the property and improve the health of their cattle in multiple ways. Rotational grazing allows their cattle to move between fenced off paddocks, giving them the ability to graze a new area of forage while giving the previously grazed field time for regrowth. Watering facilities are installed between every paddock on the farm, providing clean, dependable drinking water for the herd. Rotating the cattle between fields creates heavily trafficked areas through gate openings resulting in the need for heavy use area protection. This protection was installed by grading those heavily trafficked areas and laying a geotextile fabric underneath six inches of gravel reducing current and future erosion in the future.  

The EQIP program also assisted with the recent installation of a 30-foot by 70-foot, high tunnel on the property extending the growing season for vegetables. Currently the Lisle and Cunningham Farm and Property LLC focuses on growing broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and tomatoes. Judy looks forward to having sufficient produce to allow her to have a roadside stand to sell her vegetables.  

While the land has been in her family for generations, Judy and Walter started their operation only 5 years ago. They have made a significant impact on the improvement of their property and the conservation of its natural resources. They are an example of good stewards, who strive to preserve and improve the natural resources of the land.

“I have made the improvements to this farm to really cherish and hope what my family gave to me can be honored for generations to come.” – Judy Greene-Baker