Old 300 Farm has a laundry list of projects in progress. Our list gets bigger everyday as we come up with new ideas to improve the fertility and efficiency of our pastures and farmland. We are excited to share our progress with the public in hopes it will inspire others who are fertile farmland. Below are just a few projects underway. Pay us a visit to get inside updates on the status and progress of the many projects we pursue. Check-out some of the projects that are currently underway.
Mobile cattle HUB (completed)Read More
Old 300 Farm pastures are undergoing restoration to incorporate native trees into our pastures. Unfortunately, trees take time to mature. This is why we have designed & built our very own mobile livestock shade structure lovingly named the HUB (Huge Umbrella for Bovine). This structure features 400 sqft of shade, complete with water stock tank, mineral rack, hay rack, & scratch post. We go out of our way to provide the best accommodations for our livestock.
Restore native grasses (on-going effort)Read More
Old 300 Farm pastures were historically farmed for Saint Augustine grass and later converted to cattle pasture. When we first acquired the property, our pasture contained large stands of St Augustine grass, weedy plants & invasive Bermuda grass. We have made it our mission to restore these pastures to native savanna grassland. Our efforts are well underway and will be an on-going effort for some time.
Repopulating Native Trees (early spring 2021)Read More
Old 300 Farm’s stewardship to the land includes the reintroduction of Texas native trees including: Pecan, Post Oak, Live Oak, & Horse Apple. We’ve selected these trees based on their native heritage in our area and their natural benefits to the land and local ecosystem.
Rotational grazing paddocks (on-going effort)Read More
Our rotational grazing system is under development. We currently employ a temporary rotational grazing system. Slowly, we will graduate to permanent rotational grazing paddocks. The final design of our paddocks will be determined over time as we assess the restoration of the land.
Pasture water lineRead More
In a rotational grazing system, providing your livestock with a source of water is a challenge. Our solution to this hurdle is the installation of a waterline through our North & South pastures. This water line will be designed with frequent junctions that allow us to easily connect to the water line at any point through the pasture.
Manage flooding pastureRead More
In the 80’s, our pastures were restructured by previous owners to suit the grass farming industry. This negatively impacted the lands natural ability to drain surface water from our Northern pasture. Other activities from county infrastructure have further complicated the problem. To mitigate this we have carefully assessed the contours of the land & neighboring properties. The data we have gathered will be used to create a plan that restores functionality to the pasture. This is not a task we plan to rush into. Careful planning is required to ensure that our impact does not further exacerbate the problem.
Mobile slaughter house (in-progress)Read More
Our pastured meat production is in transition as we design and build a mobile slaughter house. This slaughter facility will be fully equipped to slaughter chickens, lamb, & beef cattle on site at our farm. This project is in the beginning stages, but is expected to be complete in 2021. Our goal is to achieve high standards for quality control & overall well-being of the animals we raise & process. We are currently navigating the laws & regulations that prohibit small farmers from producing their their own meat products at a reasonable profit. The efforts we put forth in this endeavor are well worth it to us!
Pond repairs (future project)Read More
This is not at the top of our priority list, but it is on the list! Our large pond isn’t much of a pond because it is completely dry. Previous owners who built the pond also decided to drain it. This allowed the clay pond liner to wither and crack. Ever since then, the pond is nothing more than a large dry bowl in the ground that is unable to hold water. We plan to bring our pond back to life in the future by relining the bottom with Bentonite Clay. While this may not happen any time soon, it will definitely happen in the future.
Building Access Road (in-progress)Read More
The existing access road into Old 300 Farm is in need of repair. However, future operations will require additional access roads for safe passage of large vehicles and equipment. This project requires the addition of a small bridge, replacing old culverts, leveling and repaving roads.
Relocating & Expanding our Gardens (in-progress)Read More
Our production garden is currently based in an off-site location. While this garden has thrived to produce the vegetables we sell to our customers, it just doesn’t have enough room for growth. Our goal is to relocate all garden activities to the main farm. We have begin the installation a half acre garden on the premise with a goal to reach 3 acres over a 2 year period. Throughout the process, we will slowly transition all operations over to these newly established garden beds.