Meet the Fiddlewood Family

We are the Tylers.

We are John Mark & Shelly Tyler. In 2020, we uprooted our family of 5 from comfortable subdivision living, & moved to a 13-acre farm in Philpot, KY, hoping to enjoy the outdoors, get a “few” pets, and spend more quality time together. However, 2020 changed our perspective in many ways, & the Lord began burdening our hearts to share our land with the community.

Throughout the pandemic of 2020, we saw the absolutely devastating impact screens, isolation, and inactivity were having on the people we saw in our clinical practice, and we heard the cries of friends and family. However, when we would invite a child out to the farm to play for the day, we would see their eyes light up, excitement come in, physical play happen, and exploration begin. They began to be kids again, get muddy, laugh, and ask questions. It opened doors for their emotional, mental, and physical buckets to be filled, and it opened the door for them to see what God was doing through the world around them.

“This is what kids need all the time” was the statement that started shifting our perspective from US to THEM. This was one of the ways we could continue the same mission we started with our clinical practice and make our community healthier and happier from the start.


Engage, serve, and connect families in the Owensboro community through God’s creation, Biblical teachings, and exploration to facilitate and enhance holistic cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical development.


Families will have meaningful opportunities to play, explore, and grow with each other while learning about the world in which God placed them.

Our flock of 14 chickens, 4 ducks, Tallulah the pig, 2 dogs, 2 bunnies, and more wooly friends to come keep us busy around the farm.

Flop the Holland Lop

John Mark Tyler is a chiropractor, and Shelly Tyler is a physical therapist with the Rehabilitation & Performance Institute, PSC in downtown Owensboro. Shelly is also a trained teacher and director for Forest School education with the Forest School Teacher Institute. They are members of Pleasant Valley Community Church, and seek to share the Gospel through outdoor education.

Forest School Teacher Institute

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand… you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers… with cities you did not build, houses you did not fill, cisterns you did not dig, vineyards you did not plant– and when you eat you are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord…”

-Deuteronomy 6:4-13

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