Mesquite Field Farm is a 1st generation family farm. Prior to purchasing the farm we spent a large amount of time defining our farming model. We really wanted to know where all of our food came from. The increase in disease, food borne illness, genetically modified food, and huge lobbying efforts of agribusiness companies to influence our food chain became a primary concern for us. We needed to understand how to produce as much of our food as possible in the most efficient manner. Our investigation led us to Polyface Farm and a true gentleman named Joel Salatin.
Joel and his family run a multi-generational farm exactly how we want to run our farm. The efficiency of their farm is beyond what we thought was capable and it is done with a minimal number of people. Polyface Farm is much bigger than our farm however, the model works whether you have 10 acres 1,000 acres. After reading everything Mr. Salatin wrote, every interview, and movie he participated in, and finally visiting the farm, we began our journey.
Our staff is rather small however, the production is quite amazing. We will introduce ourselves to you now.
This is Melissa. She is my lovely wife and the center point of the farm. She is the Chief Executive Officer, Marketing Department, Ways and Means Committee, Chief Financial Officer and the Love of my life. On a serious note, Melissa graduated from the Holistic Management International program called Beginning Women Farmers and Ranchers of Texas. We are all very proud and excited for her. You will be seeing more about HMI later.
This is Merlin. He was the fastest runner we had on the farm at the time therefore, he was the designated herder and general moral support for all operations at the farm.
This is Dicie. As you can see from the photo, she has no problem sitting on a 1100 pound bull. Therefore we had to give her a title that fit. She is the Animal Behavioral Specialist. Dicie is also my Mother-in-Law which also garnered her the additional title Sector Head of Quality Assurance.
Finally you have Freya and Me. Freya is the newest member of the staff. She has an affinity for anything in a Starbucks cup therefore, she is now the fastest runner and the most focused on herding anything from ants to cows. I am the chief grass watcher, general laborer, and all around gopher however, I am responsible for reporting everything to the Chief Executive Officer, Marketing Department, Ways and Means Committee, Chief Financial Officer, Farm Operations Manager, Animal Behavioral Specialist, Quality Assurance Sector Head, and anyone else that points in my general direction.
There you have it. The staff of Mesquite Field Farm. Thank you for your time and we hope to see you at the farm soon.