Local businessman Tim Ryan returned the bucolic plot – most recently the site of an auto-body shop – to its agricultural roots about two years ago, when he installed the greenhouse and began the process of obtaining USDA organic certification. Unable to juggle farming and his construction business, Ryan sold to the current owners, who must now unload the property due to family health issues. To date, Sonny Day produce has reached consumers at the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market and has been distributed wholesale via the Alabama Organics Association.
The greenhouse’s four high tunnels each span the length of a football field. David Moman
Pecan and walnut trees shade the 15-acre farm. David Moman
Whether you’re a pragmatist or a preservationist, the farm’s circa-1890 farmhouse presents its fair share of challenges. Besides obvious cosmetic problems, the dwelling requires significant repairs to a compromised rear wall before it will be habitable. The silver lining: You could always camp in the barn, which boasts laundry and bathroom facilities, while renovations are under way. (landandfarm.com)