Submitted photo Burnt rubble and equipment lines Long Hungry Creek Farm in the aftermath of a barn fire on Oct. 26.

Submitted photo

Burnt rubble and equipment lines Long Hungry Creek Farm in the aftermath of a barn fire on Oct. 26.

After standing for approximately 80 years, the Barefoot Farmer -- Jeff Poppen -- had his barn on Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs burn down within eight minutes on Oct. 26.

No people or animals were harmed, but the farm lost numerous plants and tools in the fire before it was contained.

The cause of the incident is unknown as the barn was not powered by electricity, and the battery-powered tractor inside was not connected.

"It was an old tobacco barn," Poppen said. "We were still using it for hay and had a couple hundred bales and to dry and cure garlic. I'd been saving this seed for over 40 years. Down below, I had a bunch of farm and mechanical tools, as well as a tractor."

Since the fire, community members have reached out to help Poppen's effort to rebuild the barn, whether by donating supplies or contributing to a fundraiser.

"Our community has been extremely supportive," Poppen said. "We've had a lot of phone calls. A neighbor brought me some hay. The mail is full of garlic seed. Out of anything bad, good comes. We're just having to live with and accept it."

According to Poppen, the next growing season could prove challenging without a barn to store hay, crops and animals. However, he is content to let things unfold and confident in the rebuilding process.

"Eventually, I will have another tool shed, another storage area," Poppen said. "I'm not going to be rushed into building something. I'm just not used to looking up and seeing the sky instead of the barn."

Long Hungry Creek Farm sends fresh, organic vegetables to an estimated 150 patrons in the Nashville metropolitan area. The farm also hosts an internship program that has used the barn to house participants.

"It is our greatest joy to grow food for our community in a manner that is sustainable and regenerative to the land," Kristina Rossi, the farm's business manager and administrative assistant, wrote on a GoFundMe page for the rebuilding effort. "We want to continue teaching others how to do the same. Appropriate storage space and housing for our interns is critical for us to continue practicing and teaching sustainable agriculture."

Long Hungry Creek Farm's GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise $80,000 to cover the losses from the fire and can be found online at

As of Friday, the community has raised more than $14,000 toward the goal.

"The support (we've received) is very humbling and makes me feel like I'm a part of this community," Poppen said. "I'm not from here, and I don't have family in the area like a lot of people do. So, that acceptance means a lot."