Jackson County Extension Coordinator Themika L. Sims is looking forward to present the Graham Farm and Nature Center to the citizens of the county. According to Sims, the ancestral property owned by Nita Head had been in the family for 81 years. Bob and Nita Head are educators who formerly lived in Estillfork, Ala., and now reside in Murray, Ky. Bob and Nita Head both retired from Murray State University in Murray, as professors of art and physical education.
“The center will be named Graham Farm and Nature Center because it is the home of Nita Head,” Sims says. “Nita was born and raised in the house and attended the Paint Rock Valley High school as a little girl. She left to pursue a degree at the University of North Alabama. Nita, whose maiden name was Graham, was the youngest of three children and is the only survivor in the family.
“The goals of the Heads are to give back to the community through education. They donated this 486-acre farm to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System via the Jackson County Extension Office to leave a legacy of education."
According to Sims, the property will be developed as a center that focuses on natural resource development, animal science education, wildlife management, primitive camping opportunities, birding, fishing, hunting and numerous other educational endeavors.
“The Grahams intended the farm would be used to teach youth and adults methods of natural resources conservation, animal science education, ecology, historical preservation, youth development, oral history, wildlife management, ornithology, aquatics, and fruit and vegetable production,” says Sims.
“We hope to, one day, have a lodge, educational center, cabins and chalets for the citizens of the state and surrounding areas to enjoy. In addition, we have partnered with an organization that will provide Veterans programming for men and women of the military.”
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