In the heart of central Kentucky, Gilkison Farm is a diversified family farm. Family is where our story begins.
We are both native Kentuckians, both raised in Clark County. Brennan grew up on the western side of the county on the same dead end road on which we live now. For multiple generations, his family raised burley tobacco and cattle. He continued this custom, cultivating his first tobacco crop at the age of fourteen. In addition, he often raised feeder calves and pumpkins.
On a dead end road on the complete opposite side of the county, Serena was raised on her family farm, another steeped in the tradition of raising burley tobacco and cattle.
After marrying in 2002, it was no surprise we both wished to continue raising the same crops that raised us. We steadily grew our tobacco acreage and in 2003, we established our cattle herd with the purchase of ten Gelbvieh heifers.
Through the years we have added new crops to diversify our operation. As Brennan says, "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket". We follow this notion. Corn, soybeans, and alfalfa for hay were included during the 2000's. In 2010, we planted our first black raspberry brambles. With hopes of furthering our diversification, we joined a handful of fellow Kentucky farmers in 2014 to participate in the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program. Hemp, too, has become a mainstay. Today, these crops compose our portfolio. Along the way we have attempted to grow other crops such as milo, canola, sunflowers, and blue corn. We certainly aspire to keep things interesting!
Of all the crops we will ever grow, our three kids are by far the most important. Our twin daughters, Leland and Rivers, and our son, Curry, are our greatest blessings.
Farming is our heritage and continuously, we work hard to ensure it is our future. We're sowing and growing for family, ours and yours!
Thank you for visiting,
Brennan & Serena Gilkison