Jefferson's Outpost offers seeds and other gardening products from Kentucky sources. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
Jefferson’s Outpost offers seeds and other gardening products from Kentucky sources such as Louisville Grows and Idlewild Butterfly Farm. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

Hidden just off the busy Hurstbourne Parkway thoroughfare among the heavy manufacturing buildings in Bluegrass Industrial Park, an urban homesteading, self-reliance and emergency preparedness store has opened in a warehouse space.

Jefferson’s Outpost, located at 2001 Production Drive, carries various products including solar-powered cookers, seeds for gardening, and Berkey water purification systems. The store is slowly adding new products and soon will stock emergency food from Wise Company and Pocket Shot slingshots.

Sean Fawbush said he and his co-owner/brother-in-law Bowin Tichenor wanted to stock items that people can’t simply find at Cabela’s or Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Although it isn’t located in a strip of retail, Tichenor said the unique nature of the store will make it a destination. Just this week, a couple traveled in from Bullitt County to check out the shop.

“It’s such a niche thing,” he said.

Tichenor became interested in emergency preparedness and urban homesteading as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, where he helped with recovery efforts following an earthquake. Fawbush said he’s been interested in gardening and emergency preparedness since the 1990s after discovering the magazine Mother Earth News and growing up living in apartments with his dad.

“I always longed to have my own yard, my own property,” Fawbush said.

The store stocks hard to find goods. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling
The store stocks hard to find goods. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

The company has 10,000 square feet in the Bluegrass Industrial Park, about 4,000 square feet of which is retail store space. The remainder will be used for storage and teaching space. In a couple weeks, Fawbush and Tichenor will start offering emergency preparedness and urban homesteading how-to classes such as food dehydration and canning, gardening, self-defense and water purification.

The classes are about helping people relearn old-school skills that have been lost in modern society, Fawbush said.

“A whole two generations have forgotten how to can,” he said.

Jefferson’s Outpost also has set up a section in the warehouse called Bartertown, where vendors can set up small booths. They already have a gentlemen who will start selling handmade soaps there Saturday, and another person who plans to sell wild rice out of a Bartertown booth.

Hours of operation for Jefferson’s Outpost are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Caitlin Bowling

Caitlin Bowling

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]