Blair Leano-Helvey is bringing a new twist to Louisville's growing urban agriculture scene. She's started a butterfly farm.
"It's just like any other farm," she said. "It's just that we have very small livestock."
And colorful, too.
Idlewild Butterfly Farm at 1100 Logan Street opened on June 1 in an old brick building that once was a neighborhood grocery store. There's a retail sales room, a laboratory and a butterfly flight house out back, where customers can walk (carefully) among fluttering monarchs and other varieties.
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Butterflies fluttered from flower to flower on a recent weekday, some clinging to their screen enclosure, others taking in nectar from flowers or resting on plants. Male butterflies were in chase of the females, led by the scent of chemical pheromones.
"This is a good place for kids to learn about the birds and the bees," Leano-Helvey said.