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- Jan 1988 - Jan 1992
- Jan 1978 - Jan 1982
In 2011, Michael Rahal decided to combine his creative and design expertise with a deeply held but long neglected passion for farming. He founded Rahal Farms in central Tennessee's Fernvale Valley, committing himself and his farm's practices to responsible stewardship of land and livestock. The farm practices land- and animal-friendly methods, such as rotational grazing, in which multiple species share a pasture and interact in a way that minimizes waste and erosion. Animals, such as the farm's free-range, heritage-breed hens, are managed with compassion and understanding of each species' unique needs. And finally, the community is included in this commitment to healthy practices. The farm's Center for Culinary Sustainability, currently in development, will partner with the Kitchen at Rahal Farms to provide educational programs regarding responsible food choices and the impact of personal culinary practices.
Rahal Farms continues to grow under the leadership of founder Michael Rahal, who brings his experience to bear on the farm's design. Ultimately, the farm will feature an Alpine-inspired village square surrounding appealing and functional greenhouses, animal shelters, dairy buildings, and other farm structures. Free-range eggs are currently available, with bakery, creamery, produce, and meat products to come.