Penny’s Story:  Greg and I  started dating in April 2009; Greg  decided a few months before that,  it would be fun to have a few  chickens and ducks.  So he  purchased 30 Rhode Island Red  chicks and 6 ducks.  In fact, that  was part of our first date, he took  me to his house and showed me  the metal shed where he was  raising the babies.  I have always  been an animal lover but I have  always been a city girl.  So farm  animals were new to me.  You  couldn’t just feed and water them  and let them fend for themselves  the way you can a house animal.   As time went on, Greg decided  he would like to raise rabbits for  meat, which was the reason for  the poultry also.  He wanted to be  able to raise his own, fresh food. 
 He bought used cages for the  rabbits and built the stilts to put  them on.  In bad weather he  would cover them with tarps, to  protect them from the inclement  weather as much as possible and  to help with the sun shining  directly on them. By this time the  other animals were big enough to  get out of the shed during the day  and free range.  Greg would work  in the garden and the chickens  would come help him by finding  and eating all the worms and  bugs they could.  We named one  chicken Alice and she was his  buddy, she was right there with  him every day he was working in  the dirt to plant or weed the  garden. 
  We were married in May of  2010.  However, the next winter  we had some pretty nasty days.    So we discussed growing the  farm and decided that if we were  going to do that we should build a  barn.  So, we did just that.  We  have been growing ever since.    Each time we add a new animal  to our farm, I am totally amazed  at Greg and his patience and  kindness to each animal.  Our  farm has a real since of peace  within it.  When we add a new  animal they just seem to fit right  in.  Of course, they have the  occasional spats, so that one  animal can show who really rules  the roost but then they just live  together like they have always  been together.  Our rabbits are in  hanging cages on one half of the  barn and the poultry gets the  other.  It works quite nicely.  

  I have learned a lot in the last  few years with our new venture    and I continue to learn more  every day.

One of our grandsons and some ducks. Got to feed them.

We have had 19 "kids" born this year. Here are a few pics of them.

One of our favorite things is sharing our animals with our family.

After the work is done.

We love it when our grandsons want to help. They do such a great job.

Tours aren't always this hands on but sometimes it is the only way to show a friend around.

And our story continues:

  We have been married for 7   years now and our farm has  continued to grow in ways we  would never have dreamed. 

 The last few years we have been  shipping hatching eggs all over  the country, to individuals and  schools.  We also sell our  hatching eggs to the counties in  our area for teachers to hatch in  their classrooms.  This way the  kids can learn about  the process  of a chick hatching.
  We have moved from 1 acre to 5  acres and have added Llamas  mini horses, Shetland sheep and    more goats. We love all of  our animals and enjoy working  with them and watching them  grow. It has been interesting to  watch them slowly explore all the  extra land they have to move  around in. But not close to the  house or the yard that Greg and I  will be enjoying each summer.  That  is until they escape through
   a hole  in the fence. This means I  can  actually have flowers in the  yard.
  One of our favorite things to do is  to sit outside on the porch in the  evenings and watch the animals  play. Sometimes we let the goats  come join us. 

   Greg and I have been enjoying  our goat’s milk daily from our  girls. Each year we plan our does  to kid in the spring and summer,  but sometimes an accident will  happen and we will have some in  winter. Our goats are a very  special part of our farm.

 We love giving tours of our farm  and enjoy getting to know our  customers and their needs and  wants for our products.

 And our story continues............

​​This was our beginning:
  Greg’s Story:  I grew up very  near my grandparents and spent  a lot of time with my grandfather,  who was retired.  Granddad had  nearly every type of plant and  animal that you can imagine, and  loved working with them.  There  were acres of garden.  Animals  included; chickens, turkeys,  guineas, geese, ducks, horses,  goats and bees. 
  After spending most of my adult  life in town, I finally got myself a  small acreage in the Texas  Panhandle in 2003.  Well, the  orchard and garden started  immediately.  Then after a few  years, the chickens and ducks  were added.  By 2009, I had  added chickens, ducks and  rabbits and was looking for  geese. 
  Besides getting great tasting  fresh eggs and meat that we  know were raised humanely, we  get to watch the antics of all the  animals.  They are a true  blessing.  All are entertaining and  each breed and animal has its  own personality. 
  Geese are probably the  strangest, as they love attention,  but do not want to be touched.    They will talk to you when you are  in the barn yard and come to  within a few feet of you.  If you  talk to them, they will stay and  converse.  If you act like you are  going to touch one, they all run  away honking.  The first year they  had goslings, they kept parading  the babies out to the road, like  they were showing off for the  passing cars.  And passing cars  often stopped to watch them.  It  was really funny because they  would not go near the road until  they had the babies to show off.