30. Dobecka Family Farm
I'm a city dog, born and raised. But I love being out in the countryside, running through wide open spaces, under a thick canopy of trees, and getting dirty.
A couple of weeks ago, my Mom, took me with her to the country, Big Thicket Country, and it was wild and wonderful. I had forgotten that exhilarating feeling of complete abandonment, freedom from the responsibilities and constraints of being a house dog. I started thinking, what must it be like to live in the country all the time? And maybe live on a farm surrounded by other animals?
In nearby Florence, I found this great farm, the Dobecka Family Farm, that raises cattle in a humane way. They are members of the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. I learned about how they work to be a self-supporting family farm that produces quality grass-fed beef. Their cattle are never given antibiotics or hormones. They are fed quality hays and are rotated on plantings or rye, oats and natural Texas grasses.
I became so interested in learning about what they do and how they do it, that I read all of Stacy Dobecka's posts on her blog. She describes how they started out with two red limousin cows and a calf on ten acres. The "Red Women" became their beloved pets. You can feel the love in the way Stacy describes the empathy she has for her pregnant cow enduring the August heat in Texas!
Understandably, there are not many posts on the blog, "texasczechfarm.blogspot.com", as I am sure the Dobecka Farm workday is from sunrise to sunset. I would really like to learn more about farm life and cow personalities. I'm not quite sure what cows are; are they really big dogs??
Anyway, I love that there are more and more farmers and ranchers who are changing the way that we get our food so that it is fresher, more wholesome and harvested with love.
Hooray for the family farm! Take a drive out into the country and explore.
Location: The Dobecka Family Farm
449 Moth Road
Killeen, TX 76542
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