About Us

About Us

Little Falls Farm

is a long awaited dream come true for Ted and Kathryn Trainor.

Life has taken Ted and Kathryn and their four children on a journey throughout the south with so many moves that Kathryn was inspired to write a book about it, How To Move Without Losing Your Mind: Or The Remote Control. Ted has served as a teacher and then Headmaster in Classical Christian Schools for more than 25 years. Kathryn has worked in Social Work and Church Ministry, and has been a full-time stay-at-home mom. Together they are passionate about ministering to families and providing a place of hospitality. Their heart’s desire has been to put down roots and own a piece of God’s beautiful country. June of 2016 they purchased a little over 40 acres of land in beautiful Middle Tennessee.

In the fall of 2019 they completed the building of their farmhouse and now reside at Little Falls Farm. In the Spring of 2020 they added four goats, Tammy, Dolly, Loretta, and Patsy, six ducks, a swarm of honey bees, and two new kittens, Sage and Sassafras. Then Charlie the goat joined the goat girls. Three baby goats, Patch, Peanut, and Petunia, were born in May of 2021 and you can see them here in our Farm Notes. Our Farm Notes are a great place to see what’s new on the farm, to read about our recipes, and to learn some farm techniques.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

During the summer of 2020 God sent an amazing array of butterflies to Little Falls Farm. Each one was a message of hope and peace as Kathryn was grieving the March 2020 death of her mom. In memory of her parents, who taught her to plant flowers and to wait for the butterflies, Kathryn wrote a children’s book about butterflies. The Butterfly Ball, published by Milkbarn Kids, is a magical look into the world of butterflies. Each book comes with a packet of wildflower seeds, so children everywhere can grow flowers and watch for the butterflies to come.

Honey Bees Naturally
Honey Bees Naturally

Little Falls Farm has a rich history of having been used for everything from phosphate mining to potato farming. If the trees could talk, oh the stories they could tell. Currently, the Trainors are growing blueberries, blackberries, herbs, vegetables, and lots of flowers for Katydid Fresh Flowers.

Farm History Notes

little falls farm history

The Columbia Daily Herald has always been faithful to publish the news about town and in the process record bits of history. According to the Herald, in 1917 L.C.Wiley sold the farm to Alex Knox. And in 1921 the Herald reported that Alex Knox sent to their office “a box of new Irish potatoes that average about the size of turkey eggs.” They said these were the earliest potatoes of the season and that Mr. Knox was a “progressive and hustling farmer.”

lera knox writing

Mr. Knox’s wife, Lera, was a regular contributor to the Columbia Daily Herald, as well as the Nashville Banner and other Farm Journals. Her daughter and granddaughter compiled her writings into two books, “Travels of a Country Woman” and “Goodness Gracious, Miss Agnes: Patchwork of Country Living.” “Travels of a Country Woman” chronicles their family road trip in a model T to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.

“To celebrate the fact that President Roosevelt had promised
to prop up the farm income to where it could look the farm outgo in the face, and to officially mark the end of the depression and join in the national recovery program, I re-covered myself with an 88-cent dress, a 79-cent hat, 48-cent pair of hose, which I later snagged when I ran across an Indiana wheatfield to snap a picture of the first combine we ever saw.”