The Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (Mo BARN) is a membership-based non-profit organization advocating for the preservation, documentation and re-use of historic barns and farmsteads in our state. Responding to the rapid rate at which we are losing our historic rural architectural resources, Mo BARN has partnered with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office in developing barn and farmstead documentation materials, so that both organizations can contribute to Missouri’s Statewide Architectural Survey of Barns and Farmsteads.
OUR SPRING MEETING
Old and new barn buddies converged at the Fahrmeier Family Vineyards on Saturday, March 24 near historic Lexington, Missouri for our spring meeting. Several of our Northwest Missouri friends were able to attend their first meeting because of the location and we were so excited to see such a good and enthusiastic group in attendance. The final draft of our by-laws, crafted by board member Megan McGuire, was approved for adoption, and several committees were identified, including Survey and Documentation, Program, Membership and Development, and Newsletter/Marketing. If you are interested in serving on one of our committees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our meeting, which lasted approximately one hour, was followed by a brief presentation on the plight and potential of Missouri’s barns, then a fine buffet lunch was served. After lunch proprietor Brandon Fahrmeier took the group on a tour of their farm, which maintains sustainable agricultural practices and produces many locally grown items, including tomatoes, strawberries, pecans and chestnuts – and of course, grapes.
Mo BARN FEATURED IN AP ARTICLE
Mo BARN was very pleased that Heather Hollingsworth of the Associated Press wrote a story recently on the efforts of statewide barn alliances to document our quickly vanishing built rural landscape. Our own Mo BARN featured prominently in the story, which was illustrated with several Missouri barns. We are delighted to post some of the many places where the article has appeared in the U.S. and the U.K.: