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We Remember Naill Falls

We Remember Naill Falls

We Remember Naill Falls H. Naill Falls, Jr. (64), died peacefully on February 9th at his Nashville home, surrounded by his family. Naill was always his own man. Known for his quiet demeanor, keen intellect, and dry wit, he also inspired us with his elemental commitment to excellence, equality, and integrity. His friends and family know well that he didn’t suffer flatterers and fools lightly. His friends were carefully chosen and much loved. Dinner at home with good friends, good food, and good wine was his idea of a perfect evening. Naill’s prodigious vocabulary, coupled with his near-perfect recall of history, literature, movies, and sports, provided abundant fuel for the magnificent letters and silly poems he wrote for his wife and children on birthdays and holidays. These poems and letters will be treasured always for revealing his true self. Always obsessed with sports and fitness, he evolved from the Yale golf more »

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Charlie Strobel named to Larkspur Board

Charlie Strobel named to Larkspur Board

Welcome Charlie Strobel! Father Charles “Charlie” Strobel,  joins the Larkspur Conservation Board of directors. Charlie is excited to bring his passion and expertise to Larkspur Conservation and looks forward to upholding the organization’s mission and creating Tennessee’s first conservation burial ground; Larkspur Conservation at Taylor Hollow. Charlie is best known as the founder of Room In The Inn.  It all began in the winter of 1985, when he opened the doors of his parish to individuals seeking sanctuary in the church parking lot. This simple act of kindness marked the beginning of Room In The Inn. In December 1986, four congregations committed to sheltering people experiencing homeless through March 1987. By the end of that winter, 31 congregations had joined. Now, Room In The Inn has nearly 200 congregations from a wide variety of traditions and over 7,000 volunteers who shelter almost 1,500 men and women from November 1 through March 31 each more »

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Fall of Gratitude

Fall of Gratitude

Fall of Gratitude: Larkspur Conservation launched a capital giving campaign in 2016 to raise the funds needed to purchase the land for a conservation cemetery in Sumner County.  The campaign was successful, the land has been acquired, and infrastructure work is underway, preparing the way for natural burials to begin. At the beginning of that capital campaign we established three giving societies as a way to recognize donors who contributed gifts that equaled the amount required to buy one acre, or more.  (The purchase price for the property was $1,800 per acre.)  These named societies are The Larkspur Society (for gifts equal to five acres or more), The Blue-Eyed Mary Society (three acres), and The Blackberry Society (one acre). We are now publicly acknowledging these donors for the first time.  To each ofthese contributors, we say THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  Without your support, the dream would not have come true.  We hope to more »

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This Is How I Want To Be Dead

This Is How I Want To Be Dead

This Is How I Want To Be Dead, Richard Conniff; The New York Times Years ago, doing some research in England on moles — the burrowing kind — I paid a visit to the grave of Kenneth Grahame. As author of “The Wind in the Willows,” Grahame was the creator of the fictional Mole, a mild-mannered character beloved by children everywhere for messing about in boats, bumbling dimly into the Wild Wood and otherwise misadventuring with Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad of Toad Hall. There were plenty of things poignant about the grave. But what struck me most was that all of Grahame’s characters would have been at home there. Holywell Cemetery, off a busy road in the heart of Oxford, is both a graveyard and a wildlife refuge. Footpaths wind through shrubby undergrowth, and the graves support a natural succession of snowdrops, daffodils and so on through the seasons. more »

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LAND PURCHASE COMPLETE!

LAND PURCHASE COMPLETE!

For Immediate Release:  Larkspur finalized the purchase of land in Sumner County, paving the way for it’s first burials that can be expected as early as spring of 2018. On Monday April 17th, the Sumner County Commission voted in favor of Larkspur Conservation at Taylor Hollow, Tennessee’s first conservation burial ground. The preserve will be located adjacent to Taylor Hollow State Natural Area (owned by The Nature Conservancy.) There are 100+ natural burial grounds in the U.S., over 200 in the U.K. and even more around the world. Larkspur Conservation’s commitment to conserve land through a revival of traditional burial practices will create a mindful option in Tennessee. Conservation burial occurs when natural burial, combined with a conservation easement, protects land forever.  This particular burial method will prohibit the use of concrete, plastic, metal, exotic woods and formaldehyde from being placed into the soil.  The ecosystem where burial takes place will be protected and more »

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Larkspur in The Tennes-Sierran

Larkspur in The Tennes-Sierran

Tennessee’s Conservation Option for Natural Burials Written by John Stone for the Tennes-Sierran  Larkspur Conservation, Inc. is a Tennessee nonprofit corporation with a mission of conserving land throughout Middle Tennessee through a revival of traditional burial practices. Larkspur anticipates establishing its first conservation burial ground on 155 acres of land located along the Highland Rim in Sumner County, Tennessee, adjacent to The Nature Conservancy’s Taylor Hollow State Natural Area. This property is one of a kind, with a mixed mesophytic forest which is home to numerous plant species, some endangered. The living memorial Larkspur Conservation is creating on this land will preserve this unique ecosystem and honor life. In addition to the preservation and restoration of the habitats acquired by conservation burial sites they also reduce burial activities that damage our natural home. Natural burial, which has been practiced throughout human history, is the practice of burying deceased remains directly more »

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