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About Us

We are a family born and raised in Woodford County Kentucky with a love for nature and farm life and a passion for life long learning.

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 Our vision

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin

 

At Fire Hollow Farm School, learning is nature based, experiential, and interest led. Children are seen as whole people with a variety of strengths and needs, academic and otherwise. Students spend time outdoors with their hands on the world and are given ample time to explore and learn through their interests. This approach to education acts as a bellows, igniting that spark for learning and setting it on fire, creating lifelong learners.

This beautiful property has been in Sarah's family for over 100 years and her great-grandparents actively farmed the it for their livelihood.  As time moves on, more and more threats fall on rural areas as people attempt to develop them.  We truly believe that the best way to preserve and celebrate the beautiful history of our land (and other land like it) is to help the children from the next generation to cultivate a relationship with it.  It is these children who will eventually be the ones left to protect it; and they will be much more likely to do so if they have been given the chance to fall in love with it. 

As of right now we offer half day Summer camps, Spring and Fall Break camps (aligned with Woodford County Public School break schedule), and a free weekly Nature Study Club every Friday.   We plan to grow our programming over time to provide more early childhood and home school enrichment opportunities for our community.  

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Founder

Hi there!  My name is Sarah Ladnier and I have 10 acres and a dream!


I received my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) from the University of Kentucky and then I went on to become a public school teacher for Fayette County Public Schools. Once I became pregnant with my oldest son, I resigned from teaching so I could be his primary caregiver during those early formative years.


Just after our son turned one I received our land as a gift from my parents. My children are the 5th generation in my family to have their hands and feet in the soil on our land and it is so precious to me! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look out across our property and deeply feel just how privileged I am to own our slice of paradise in the heart of horse country in beautiful Woodford County.


My husband David and I have since added two more children to our family. When it became time for our oldest to start school, we felt homeschooling would be the best fit for us. Being the former public school teacher that I am, I first tried to replicate public school at home. On our working farm full of sheep, goats, chickens, bees, a berry patch, an orchard, and a large family garden, I quickly learned that a rigid indoor school schedule simply did not mesh well with our busy and unpredictable life here on the farm. I stepped back, reevaluated, and came up with a new approach. I decided to incorporate what my kids need to learn into our life and work on the farm.  The end result has been nothing short of magical.

I have spoken to many people who would love to own property, raise animals, and grow a garden.  We are so fortunate to be living a real-life fairytale and we want to share our land, animals, garden, and the educational experience our children are receiving through it all with you. 

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