18th Annual Farmland Conservation Celebration & Auction


Thank you to event co-hosts Jennie & Peek Garlington III and Janie & Austin Musselman, our sponsors, and guests for celebrating more than 27,000 acres of permanently protected Bluegrass land. The 18th Annual Farmland Conservation Celebration and Auction was held Wednesday, April 18th. The evening featured local food and festive cocktails – plus live and silent auction items unique to our celebration. 


In December 2016, Bluegrass Conservancy, based in Lexington, merged with Limestone Land Trust, in Louisville, to create the largest regional, accredited land trust in Kentucky. Now Bluegrass Land Conservancy, the newly expanded service area spans the state’s two most populated metropolitan areas and covers the very best farmland in the region with 27,033 acres of natural and cultural resources already protected. This merger is a bold move to protect the Bluegrass Region for current and future generations, with a focus on prime farmland soils, scenic open space, water resources, natural areas. rural heritage, and, of course, agricultural viability.

Proceeds from the event, which continues to be Bluegrass Land Conservancy’s primary fundraiser, are critical in our ability to assist local families across the Bluegrass region conserve their land. 


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Sponsorship for this event is a great way to raise your business profile with Central Kentucky landowners. Local businesses both large and small represent local leadership supporting Bluegrass land conservation. We wish to thank our sponsors for their generosity in their celebration of farmland protection here in our beautiful Bluegrass.


Bur Oak Presenting Sponsor

Milly Ann and John Stewart Charitable Fund

in partnership with



Chinquapin Oak Sponsor




Blue Ash Sponsor




Black Walnut Sponsor




Shagbark Hickory Sponsor

Keeneland Association

Jim and Sharon Rouse
Steve South and Sue Van Patten
John and Magdelene Stewart
Billy Van Pelt

In-Kind Sponsor





Field Ladd of Cross Gate Gallery


Special Thank You To Our Host


Looking for a way to make a local impact? Our annual auction is a wonderful opportunity to make a lasting difference across the Bluegrass. Contact Lauren Hardesty, (859) 255-4552 or, to talk about Sponsorships, Auction Item Donations, and In-Kind Business Services. 

Fasig Tipton Auction

Why I Participate

“Each year it’s better and better. So much fun to see everyone and, as a sponsor, be a part of it all.”

Michael Smith
Farm Credit Mid-America
Chinquapin Oak Sponsor


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