1925 Frank Miller bought the place to use as a residence. He sold it
in 1950 to Otis Fox who ran a tavern in Cincinnati. His widow then sold
it to Frank Traina in 1978, while Frank was still teaching at Northern
Kentucky University. At this time his office was a 20-minute walk from
Sunrock Farm. The place was covered with trash and it took over 3 years
to haul it all away.
1981 Sunrock farm opened as an educational farm for children. Dr. Frank
Traina became “Farmer Frank” and introduced children to
the wonderful world of nature and how nature produces the food that
they eat. His goal remains to “Help Children Touch the Earth”
by offering visiting children a series of farm and nature experiences.
Today over 30,000 children a year visit Sunrock Farm.
abused land takes time and planning. The hilly nature of Sunrock Farm
makes it much more suitable for farming activities which don’t
disturb the thin layer of topsoil. Instead of plowing, we grow hay,
pasture animals and raise fruit and nut trees. We grow crops in those
areas which are flat, and where the soil can be more easily enriched
with compost after harvest.