A local family of four created a dream and decided to chase it full force. After purchasing our first farm, we decided to make our farm work for us. Small but mighty, our vision began to unfold. Longhorn cattle were our first purchase to graze our poor sandy soil. Sand burrs (stickers) have been our nemeses. Once we learned it would take more to make this farm work, the first chance we took was to create a gathering place for families to build memories. We loved our farm and want to share it with others.
The pumpkin patch began to take form with hand-planted homegrown pumpkins and life-size games for everyone to enjoy. After our first year, we continued to evolve and add something every year. Now approaching our seventh season, we appreciate it more and more every year. Watching families enjoy their children and our farm is a fantastic feeling. Cell phones go down, and parents play with their children. We are so blessed to witness this blessing year after year.
Raising commercial cattle, American Guinea Hogs, Dorper Hair Sheep, and Cornish Cross Chickens has been a new adventure we are utilizing here on our farm. Our AGH hogs will be on a rotational grazing paddock. At the same time, our commercial cattle, dairy cattle, and hair sheep roam the 160 acres here in the sandhills, allowing us to expand our farm in other ways to provide pasture-raised meats to the public.
Hoop houses in Southwest Oklahoma have been another challenge here on the rolling plains. Our high winds have blown the tops right out of our houses numerous times. We might have secured them for the time being with expertise from people in the south. Gardening has always been a therapeutic time for us. Growing in the hoop houses was a learning curve with healthy vegetables we can share with the public.
Our little farm will evolve with many ideas coming, but time is not always on our side. We are a small family burning their midnight oil, literally. Trying to work in beehives will halt when a ewe (lamb) goes into labor, with issues causing us to be by her side for the next few hours. Due to it being her first baby, we have to pull it while hoping and praying that she takes her new baby. Our children will share many stories of our life experiences and late nights on a school night. Teaching the next day is a struggle from time to time. But the experiences my children gain from day-to-day life give me the peace of mind they too will cherish this farm.