Th­ese Tex­ans grow the grain for their bak­ing mixes.

From mak­ing farm-raised flours to grass­roots or­ga­niz­ing, this cou­ple pro­motes Texas agri­cul­ture in ev­ery­thing they do.

Farm & Ranch Living - - NEWS - By Heather Di­neen Wax­a­hachie, Texas PHO­TOS BY RACHEL LO­GAN

Wel­come to The Yel­low Farm­house; I’m so ex­cited to share our farm with you. The Yel­low Farm­house is the name of our prod­uct brand and on-farm store. My hus­band, John Paul III, and I are first-gen­er­a­tion farm­ers in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. We have four chil­dren: Lila, John Paul IV (“Johnny,” who passed away at age 5), Amelia and John Paul V.

On our farm we raise wheat, corn, milo, cat­tle and pigs. We’re al­ways look­ing for ways to sus­tain our farm and in­crease the value of our crops and live­stock. A few years ago we built a com­mer­cial kitchen to cre­ate prod­ucts from the farm that we could of­fer di­rectly to cus­tomers. From that de­ci­sion The Yel­low Farm­house was born. We’re re­ally proud of our whole grain flours, grain meals and bak­ing mixes, as well as se­lect cuts of beef and pork.

We also sell a line of branded T-shirts, mar­ket tote bags, tea tow­els, pil­lows and soaps made at the farm by our fam­ily. And we teach cook­ing classes so our cus­tomers can learn how to pre­pare our meats, bake with our flours and make healthy choices when pre­par­ing meals for their fam­i­lies.

God also led our fam­ily to an­other area in which He wanted us to serve. He gave my hus­band a vi­sion for hon­or­ing the lives of Texas farm­ers and ranch­ers who have been killed or se­verely in­jured in agri­cul­tural ac­ci­dents, or who have ded­i­cated their lives to the ag in­dus­try. We be­gan work­ing with Gov. Greg Ab­bott’s of­fice to de­velop a day to honor the food and fiber pro­duc­ers our state has lost, as well as their fam­i­lies. We have rec­og­nized Nov. 21 as Texas Agri­cul­ture Me­mo­rial Day since 2016, and re­cently hosted our third me­mo­rial cer­e­mony in the Texas State Capi­tol.

Many con­sumers are sev­eral gen­er­a­tions away from be­ing farm­ers or ranch­ers, so they don’t re­al­ize the costs we pay as farm­ing and ranch­ing fam­i­lies to put food on their ta­bles—costs that at times have noth­ing to do with money. Eleven years ago our old­est son, Johnny, was killed in a farm­ing ac­ci­dent. It hasn’t been easy to con­tinue the very thing that took him from us, but through God’s grace we have been able to move for­ward and help oth­ers.

God’s plans are per­fect. I know this, yet as all parts of the pic­ture are re­vealed it al­ways sur­prises me

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