Back in 1955, Grandpa Charley Mitchell purchased a farm in America’s heartland with a dream of making his living off the farm. With a lot of hard work he and his wife, Lillie, successfully farmed the land. Charley and Lillie’s son, Graceson, moved with his wife, Imogene, and son, Steve, back to the farm in 1974. They also dedicated their time, energy and money into making the farm successful.
In 1997, the third and fourth generation of this Mitchell family, Steve and Deanna, along with their children, Joshua and Jena moved back to the farm. Various enterprises have been launched in the years following including raising dairy goats and cows, sheep, horses, beef cattle, meat chickens and laying hens and a vegetable CSA. Beginning in 2007 Joshua took leadership in the farming enterprises. His heart is of a teacher as well as a farmer and one of his goals is to help others connect to the land and to God through working with God’s creation. The rest of the family helps in the farming endeavors when and where possible.
In 2014 Jena married David Ingram so we’ve added another to the family though Jena’s name has changed and they are living miles away. They are always in our hearts and they lend a hand when needed and their schedule makes it possible for them to travel to the farm.
Farmer Joshua spent a year off the farm in 2015 learning Spanish and enjoying the culture and climate of south Texas. The rest of the family kept a limited farming operation going in his absence with just the perennial crops of asparagus and strawberries.
As of this writing 2016 is still in the planning. Farmer Joshua is back on the farm, but he doesn’t know for how long. He has been preparing and planning for early garden and strawberry season. Spring greens and asparagus should begin to be available in mid-April. Strawberries in May.
As has been the case for many years, through all the changes, here on the farm we still enjoy living a simple lifestyle by today’s standards and have a peace and an enjoyment of family togetherness that isn’t common in today’s society.