We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it.
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a farm in this series, and I’m sorry about that — especially to all the nice folks who’ve submitted their farms and their info is just awaiting me to go through it. Well, I’m back to it today. And I plan to keep it up, so read here for guidelines if you’d like to be featured.
Welcome, Promiseland Farm!
Weeks ago, I knew that The Promiseland Farm would be the next featured farm in this series. This is because I got to meet Rashel and her family at last year’s Wise Traditions (the annual conference of the Weston A. Price Foundation) and I love what they’re doing. We happened to be in the elevator together and she introduced herself. We didn’t visit long enough; that elevator ride was too short. So now we’re making up for that, right Rashel?
So, without further ado, please welcome Rashel and her family from The Promiseland Farm in East Texas. Rashel, her husband Andrew, and their daughter Isabella have been homesteading for 3 years on 66 acres. They try to produce as much food for themselves as they can. You will love seeing their farm and hearing about what they do!
What is your name and the names of your family members?
I’m Rashel, and my husband is Andrew, and my daughter is Isabella. My husband Andrew works a full time job as a Real Estate Appraiser. I stay home with Isabella and oversee the farm.
What is the name of your farm/homestead?
The Promiseland Farm.
How long have you been farming/homesteading?
Share a brief description of your farm/homestead.
Our homestead is 66 acres in East Texas.
What are you raising, growing, and doing?
We try and produce as much food as we can. We have three Jersey milk cows, a flock of laying hens, meat birds, heritage turkeys, honeybees kept in a top-bar hive, a small herd of beef cattle, two livestock guardian dogs and a 18 cedar bed raised vegetable garden and greenhouse. Our day starts and ends outside. It’s a beautiful life that God gives us and we’re enjoying every moment of it. Life is good in what we affectionately call, our “Tierra Prometida”, our little heaven on earth — the land of milk and honey!
How did you get into farming/homesteading?
Our adventures in homesteading began with a book , “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats” by Sally Fallon. We realized that for optimum health, we would have to go back to nutrient dense foods, eating the way they did a LONG time ago. So we began taking road trips, up to five hours, to visit the nearest producers of grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, farm produce, and raw milk. We soon realized we had the land and resources to produce all our food in our own backyard.
Any future plans?
I’d love to keep sheep, but the fencing would be a bit more work than we’d like to take on right now. However, one day I hope sheep are in our future!
Let’s Tour Promiseland Farm!
(Wardee: In the captions below, you’re hearing from Rashel, as she tells you what is in each picture.)
View a complete set of pictures for this farm tour here.
The spring garden. (Wardee: gorgeous!)
Our cedar greenhouse.
One of our three Jersey milk cows. We only milk one for ourselves.
Our daughter Isabella and our chickens eating leftover cabbage. (Wardee: tooooo cute!)
We just started keeping bees in top bar hives. (Wardee: And I see on your blog that you have adventursome updates to this project, don’t you??? )
Three generations of our heritage Narragansett turkeys. The babies are hidden in the high grass!
Andrew and Isabella with the poultry.
Isabella looks in on baby chicks.
Sprouted grain for the animals. (Wardee: I’d love to hear more about this!)
My finished sour cucumbers. naturally fermented in salt and spices. I used the same spices in Bubbies. I just looked at the bottom of the jar to see what they used. I think mine taste better! (Wardee: I have done the same thing. )
View a complete set of pictures for this farm tour here.
(Back to Wardee) Rashel, this was so fun! Thank you for sharing with us! We hope you enjoy your free thank you video, our gift to you. Plus, feel free to display the following graphic on your site. (Right-click and save to your computer, then upload to your site and link to this farm tour post.)
Would you like to be featured?
Are you a homesteader or farmer at any level? You don’t have to live in the country, you don’t have to be doing everything.
Being on the journey is the only qualification. We want to see what you’re doing, no matter how big or small.
Click here for submission guidelines for the Down Home Farm Tours series. We’re excited to hear from you!
If you’re selected, we will share your farm/homestead pictures and stories in a dedicated blog post, plus you can add the featured graphic to your blog or website. And, we’ll give you a free thank you video of your choice!
Please give Rashel and her family a warm welcome in the comments! If you have any questions — like (hint, hint) about the sprouted grain or what makes top bar hives special — ask away! Be sure to visit their farm website, too!
UPDATE from Rashel, April of 2014: “We just finished our chicken coop on wheels with electric netting and I thought you and your listeners might enjoy.” Click here to see Chicken Coop.
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