Tennessee Livestock producers in partnership with UT Lone Oaks Farm will host its annual cattle sale on Saturday, October 8, 2022. The sale will take place at the Sale Barn at 12 Noon. We look forward to another successful cattle sale.
The Clays at Lone Oaks Farm will open to the public on Saturday March 13th 10am-6pm, and Sunday, March 14th 1pm to 6pm. Our operating schedule will be posted soon, and we will be open Wednesdays through Sundays every week. Come out to shoot or to visit our amazing shotgun shooting and hunter education facility!
The Clays at Lone Oaks Farm is a comprehensive center for hunter education and clay target shooting. Featuring trap, skeet, 5-stand, and sporting clay ranges, and a 4,000 square foot clubhouse and pavilion for your events.
The Clays features:
Gail is an integral part of the Lone Oaks Farm team. She has worked at the Farm for over 8 years and 2 of those years with the University of Tennessee.
She manages the invoicing, collections, bill paying, and payroll. As Accounting Coordinator, it is up to her to make sure that all of the financial activities at Lone Oaks Farm are running smoothly. With the work that Gail does, we are able to keep Lone Oaks Farm working well and keep our master plan on track.
Gail loves working at Lone Oaks Farm. She enjoys experiencing the beauty of the land and the family feeling of the work environment.
Lone Oaks Farm is a beautiful place. Driving through the gate every morning…just the scenery is so relaxing. A great start to every work day. I love the family atmosphere that we have at Lone Oaks Farm. We aren’t just people working at the same location. We are all part of a team. Everyone here wants to see Lone Oaks Farm grow and succeed, and each and every one of us plays an important part in that success.”
Gail started working at Lone Oaks Farm with the original owners in September of 2007. She trained with owner Kathy Ledbetter to take over the cattle records for the Angus cattle operation.
As the first sale drew nearer, Gail’s responsibilities grew to helping with the catalog production and proofing and the billing and bookkeeping for the sale. The first inaugural Angus female production sale was held in April of 2009.
Before working at the Farm, Gail worked in the public-school system for over 10 years. She loved working with children and leaving that job was a hard decision.
Coming to Lone Oaks Farm pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me to stretch myself beyond what I had decided was my full potential. I am so glad I did.”
When Lone Oaks Farm became part of the University of Tennessee, Gail was hired as a part-time bookkeeper. In April of 2016, her position became full time. We’re happy to have her!
Gail is an avid gardener who loves flowers. She spends a lot of her time designing and working in her flowerbeds. She also enjoys reading, though she admits that life sometimes gets a bit too busy for her to enjoy either hobby.
Her favorite outdoor recreation activity is fishing. If she could, she would stay on the banks of a river fishing all day, whether the fish are biting or not. A bucket list item for her is to fish from a boat someday.
The next time you visit the Farm, we hope you’ll stop in to say hello to Gail!
2017 at Lone Oaks Farm was a year for planning and development for the future and a brand new start for a unique, hands-on learning program designed to educate K-12 youth about science, technology, engineering, and math.
We are looking forward to a great 2018 with even more events and activities. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the changes and new additions as they happen at the Farm. We hope to see you here in 2018!
Lone Oaks Farm is a complex and ambitious project that stands to impact Tennesseans for a century or more. To ensure we develop the facility to maximize its potential, much effort was dedicated in 2017 to the development of a comprehensive master plan.
Under the leadership of the internationally-known firms of Nelson, Byrd, and Woltz, el dorado Inc., and W.M. Whitaker and Associates, a master plan has been developed that outlines the development of Lone Oaks Farm for the next several decades.
Over 200 people, representing many areas of expertise and interest, contributed to the master planning process through a variety of meetings, open houses, and charrettes. Read more >>
An interesting facet of the master planning process was the Bioblitz event, which convened biologists and scientists from across the region to help us better understand the plants and animals that live at Lone Oaks Farm. Lone Oaks Farm is about reconnecting people to the land and our goal is to create a landscape that is rich with biological diversity, where people can experience a whole variety of plants and animals in nature. The data from the bioblitz has helped us understand the current biodiversity at the Farm and how to enhance and improve it over time. Watch videos of the BioBlitz and the flora and fauna recorded.
Through our partnership with Hardeman County schools, we kicked off our STEM Education program in 2017 with the hire of Ron Blair as our Director of STEM Education. Ron has been an UT Extension employee for 38 years and has deep experience in science, agriculture, and youth education.
Just in the first few months of operation, we have hosted several hundred K-12 students at the Farm from five different counties.
STEM Education programs at the Farm offer students the opportunity learn about core STEM topics through hands-on experiences in the outdoors. STEM programs at Lone Oaks Farm are fun, engaging, authentic, and academically rigorous – all while getting kids outside and active. Come see us! Learn more >>
Lone Oaks Farm is about connecting people to agriculture and the land, and that Lone Oaks is a working Farm is central to that mission. A core part of the agricultural operation at Lone Oaks Farm is the heifer production program and sale that we initiated in 2017.
Through partnership with the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and Tennessee Livestock Producers, our livestock operation endeavors to provide top-quality replacement heifers to farmers throughout the region.
Our first auction, on September 23, was a huge success that attracted buyers from across the region and sale prices that set the market for the region.
We know that the success of Lone Oaks Farm depends on the input from many sectors and communities. To help us make good decisions about the Farm’s continued development and operation, we have assembled an advisory council consisting of many key leaders in business and government. Together, this group will help us develop and implement strategies to make Lone Oaks Farm a world-class center for education, agriculture, and hospitality.
Lone Oaks Farm hosted 125 events in 2017, which brought nearly 3,000 people to the Farm. Events ranged from weddings to business retreats, family reunions to training sessions, fundraising banquets to antique tractor parades.
On February 2017, Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Said hosted the first annual “Mayor’s Ride at Lone Oaks Farm”. This trail ride corresponded with the bird dog field trials at Ames Plantation and drew over 125 riders from across the mid-south. Riders enjoyed the woods, fields, and trails of Lone Oaks Farm, and capped the day off with a steak dinner. The event was such a success that Mayor Sain is holding another ride this year on February 18th at 1:30 pm. For more information on how to register, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 23rd saw female leaders from across Tennessee convene at the Farm for Ladies Day, an event hosted by Betty Ann Tanner (former University of Tennessee trustee, volunteer, and community leader) to bring influential women to Lone Oaks to learn more about our mission and vision. Ladies attending enjoyed a gourmet lunch, speakers about gardening and architecture, and a day full of friends and laughter. Read more >>
Lone Oaks Farm is a place where learning happens, and leadership is a big part of that.
In July, we convened about a dozen leadership consultants, teachers, and trainers at the Farm to brainstorm, collaborate, and network. Together, these folks and others will offer visitors to Lone Oaks several unique and impactful leadership development programs. Whether it’s a guided tour of nearby Shiloh National Battlefield, an outdoor survival simulation, outdoor teambuilding activities, or classroom instruction, we want to offer world-class leadership development opportunities at the Farm.
One member of our team is Dr. Jim Cook. Jim is the founder of the Cook Group and JABC Educational Services, and today serves as the company’s vice president and chief executive officer. Jim is a talented visionary who has blazed trails as an educator, motivator, public speaker and experienced business consultant. His career spans more than two decades. He formed the Cook Group after serving meritoriously for 22 years in the United States Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Jim’s forte is problem solving and people building. He has experience problem solving at the toughest levels in business. Some of his greatest challenges in both the private and public sector has been in serving top executives. On the public side of the ledger, Cook earned his spurs while serving as a nuclear commander in Europe, as the cold war ended. His ability to get the maximum out of the minimum keeps him in high demand. He has enjoyed successful working relationships, with the Department of Defense,
numerous state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, educational and nonprofit organizations.
With a passion for getting the most out of people and a specialized skill for getting corporations and organizations to be innovative, Jim has helped countless executives think through their futures – beyond obstacles and setbacks. He has developed a keen sense for what works, as well as how to make it work and that characteristics has rub off on everyone who works for the Group. It is why the company delivers.
Cook currently lives in Pleasant Valley, Mississippi. He has earned undergraduate degrees in biology and education; advanced degrees in organizational behavior, management and theology, and education.
A devoted family man, he and his wife of 41 years, Diane, who is associated with the Cook Group, have two grown sons and 1 grand daughter, Sophia.
Lone Oaks Farm is administered by UT Extension, a unit of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). UT Extension has offices in every county in Tennessee and provides educational programming in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Economic Development. UTIA is one of the five campuses with the University of Tennessee system and is comprised of UT Extension, AgResearch, College of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
10000 Lake Hardeman Rd
Middleton, TN 38052