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Lacon's Historic Tune Farm

Lacon's Historic Tune Farm, Alabama

Tune Farm was Alabama’s first Certified Organic farm.

Located in the tiny “whistle-stop” ghost town of Lacon, on the edge of Morgan County, Alabama.

The 98 year old Read more...

Tune Farm was Alabama’s first Certified Organic farm.

Located in the tiny “whistle-stop” ghost town of Lacon, on the edge of Morgan County, Alabama.

The 98 year old Craftsman style farm house is surrounded by 260 acres of rolling hills, pastures, forests, a creek and a beaver created wetland of almost 30 acres. We are in the process of returning 55 acres back into a riparian forest in order to save water resources and recreate wildlife corridors.

Tune Farm’s history…

An Alabama native, born in Carbon Hill in 1922, Dr. Leon Tune was a thoracic surgeon, with a thriving practice in Decatur. Dr. Tune purchased the farm in Lacon as a personal retreat in 1968. He spent his rare days off on the farm, raised cattle and leased some of the farm’s 260 acres for conventionally grown crops, primarily soybean.

Following a minor stroke in 1978, Dr. Tune traded his Johns Hopkins education for a John Deere tractor and his signature bow tie for a faded pair of blue coveralls. He sought solace at the farm and a new way of life, and found it.

When Dr. Tune died in 1991, the cattle were sold and the fields and pastures were left fallow, returning to shrub meadows and forest. A beaver created wetland grew to eventually cover more than 18 acres (almost 28 acres, today). Dr. Tune's children, inspired by their fathers love of the farm and their environmentalist mother’s passion for organic gardening, began the process of educating themselves about sustainable farming practices. The Tune family applied for and received organic certification for the farm’s 260 acres and became Alabama’s first certified organic farm.

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