Certified Butterfly Gardens planted at Nighthawk

We have long had a monarch and Swallowtail trail through the property for the last 20 years. The addition of larval and food plants will assist in increasing populations of butterflies in the future. Our 40 acres adjacent to the vineyard has contained common milkweed and butterfly bushes. We can't wait to see the results develop over time we will revisit!  Thank you Vo Nighthawkers for your help in planting this!!

Darlene Warring with help from Brookdale residents and landscape designer Lisa Simms plant our National Butterfly Monarch and Swallowtail Gardens!
 Prairie Moon Nursery  provided  Indigenous plants of Kansas for our Butterfly Garden Berm 

 Prairie Moon Nursery  provided  Indigenous plants of Kansas for our Butterfly Garden Berm 

Meet the Chef...

Ravioli, Chef Josh Hursey, and the best Chicken Curry Sandwich you've ever had!

Ravioli, Chef Josh Hursey, and the best Chicken Curry Sandwich you've ever had!

Josh Hursey is a local sustainable farmer from Osawatomie, Kansas, that enjoys experimenting in many culinary adventures. His ranch where you can find chickens, pigs, and goats is just the tip of his passionate farming background that started in 2014. Often to be heard saying, “you can find me in the back pasture”, explains one of the many practices Josh uses to be wholesome, sustainable, and as organic as he can.

With a degree in Culinary Arts, he started his calling for cuisine and his professional career in 2011. Needless to say Josh has many years of experience and knowledge under his chef’s coat. From owning and operating LUM Farms nestled just outside Osawatomie, KS to working in commercial kitchens, Josh has mastered a way of preparing delectable dishes, and plating to please.

Recently Chef Hursey has been cooking at the Paola Farmer's Market during the summer and now will be cooking at Nighthawk Winery.  Farm Fusion is the name of Josh’s catering he will be providing at the winery every Saturday throughout the summer.  It encompasses everything he incorporates off his own farm and foodie experience. Fried ravioli the size of you palm stuffed with sweet potato and goat cheese, or a curry chicken sandwich worth waiting in a line a mile long for are a few menu items to pick from. Whatever you do, you don’t want to miss out on the excitement, personality and FOOD that is Farm Fusion.