About Highland Realm

Highland Realm has a rich history and even brighter future.

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Two acres, all-natural land prep and 2,800 blueberry plants combined for Highland Realm’s foundation.

In 1974, Dr. Deanna Naddy and her family purchased the 153-acre farm from a descendant of Samuel McClanahan, whose family had owned the property since the early 1800’s. The Naddys raised their three sons here on the farm.

The family purchased an adjacent 50 acres of clear fields and woodlands in 1985. Following a divorce in 1995, Dr. Naddy continued running the farm until she retired from a career in nursing education in 1999. At that time she started a healing retreat center offering day and weekend classes as well as multiple alternative healing therapies, establishing Highland Realm.

Healing the land became a passion, too, and in 2009 she turned to the farmland itself. Armed with permaculture and carbon farming classes, plus many recommendations, they set out to create a more sustainable lifestyle.

A field of 2,800 blueberry bushes became the farm’s foundation in 2010. With the irrigation, mulching, weeding and nurturing of these new plantings, the vision for a cooperative farming program soon followed with the opening of an on-farm market operated by friends Jackie and Richard Miller.  Plans were made for the CSA and others were invited to sell their local produce at the Highland Realm on-farm market and lease acreage if they lacked land but not desire to grow their own crops.

Feeling strongly about the sacredness of the land, Deanna placed the farm in a conservation easement with the Tennessee Land Trust in 2011, ensuring Highland Realm will be protected from development for generations to come.

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We capture and use as much rainwater as possible to irrigate our crops.

A late frost in 2012 stifled the blueberry crop and the vegetable preparation took center stage. With the help of Deanna’s grandson, we prepped and planted, weeded and watched things grow.  We harvested all kinds of veggies, melons, herbs and bountiful sunflowers that were used and sold at the farm stand on site.

Grandson Badia constructed two worm bins and expanded the compost area. A system to collect rainwater was put in place. In late fall, Troy Hinke, a soil specialist, and Samin Green, experienced in Community Supported Agriculture programs, joined the team. Both were interns at the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania.

We continue to build the soil by applying compost tea, mulch and worm castings.  All aid in growing nutrient dense foods for our CSA and on-farm market.