The Barn Journal

Saving the Iconic Dairy Barn at Buhlow Lake

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Agricultural Architecture, Barn Preservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Saving the Iconic Dairy Barn at Buhlow Lake

If you follow the NBA on Facebook, you might be familiar with the colossal effort being put forth since the Fall of 2014 to Save the Dairy Barn at Buhlow Lake (including the work of a high school student who made fundraising to save the barn her senior class project!). Over the past couple of years, we have watched support for rehabilitating this barn blossom – in part because they are taking the right steps to physically maintain it, but also because they have rallied their community behind the long-term goal to preserve this iconic barn.   Though there is never enough money to save...

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Good Stewardship: Farmland Conservation & Barn Preservation Go Hand-in-Hand!

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Barn Preservation, Farmland Conservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Good Stewardship: Farmland Conservation & Barn Preservation Go Hand-in-Hand!

This month’s post comes to us from dedicated members of The Franklin Trust (FLT) out of western Massachusetts — “a non-profit organization that assists farmers and other landowners who want to protect their land from unwanted development.”  The NBA is pleased to the growing interest in land conservation as it relates to saving resources of all sorts — including the historic built environment!   The people of Plainfield and of Western Massachusetts are privileged to have had the historic 107-acre Guyette Farm donated to the Franklin Land Trust. Under the...

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Help NBA get the Barn Question back in the Ag Census!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Ag Census, Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Help NBA get the Barn Question back in the Ag Census!

Dear Barn Preservationist: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is soliciting suggestions for changes to the Census of Agriculture. All submissions are time sensitive and must be received no later than September 30, 2014.  Please help the NBA by lobbying the USDA using the following link to their public comment form!  Each Comment Form asks for a name, address, email address and your affiliation.  Please feel free to note an affiliation with the National Barn Alliance to show your support for historic...

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New Indiana Barn Foundation Hard at Work!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in barn education, Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 5 comments

A passionate and motivated group of Hooisers have been working hard to establish a barn organization for the state of Indiana in recent months – and what great success they have had in such a short period of time.  The first annual meeting of the Indiana Barn Foundation is coming up on July 12th and the group can already boast of supporting barn preservation legislation!  Last month, members of the organization were in Indianapolis to witness Governor Pence sign Bill 1046–a law that allows for a property tax deduction on historic barns in Indiana.  Way to go Hoosiers and...

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My Favorite Place by Amber Stutzman, Age 11

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in The Barn Journal | 1 comment

This guest post was uncovered by our Past President, Charles Leik, who has an knack for finding enchanting things about barns.  It has been reprinted here by permission from the October 31, 2013 The Peoples Exchange, Shipshewana, IN and the author who lives on an nearby Indiana dairy farm.  Thanks for sharing your article with the NBA, Amber!   At home, I have a favorite place.  Our big creaky, old barn. It has a mingling, musty, scent of aged wood, cows, grain, sweet alfalfa hay and scratchy old coiled rope. The barn isn’t too quiet, but it isn’t too loud, either.  The barn...

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