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.