My Dad retired from the National Park Service 18 years ago. One of his retirement projects is a farm he named Red Bud. In a series of circumstances this farm has not been cultivated or grazed in 13 years. The back line of the farm shares a boundary with federally preserved land. Red Bud has returned to its natural state. While our extended family thinks he is nuts, we enjoy driving around the farm on a 4-wheeled mule watching the seasons change, cataloguing the native plants and flowers, seeing the variety of bees and butterflies drawn to the plants, seeing what new plants birds bring in, picking blackberries and having family campfire cookouts. The lease fees are not worth ending the pleasure and enjoyment the family has on the farm.
One of the most prolific growths on the farm has been Walnut trees. Their growth and continued expansion is fascinating. Managing the trees keeps Dad active and happy.