Mary Lightsey, Lightsey Farms

Meet Our Farmers

Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a small, organic, family farm in Cat Springs, TX whose mission is to provide the encouragement and skills needed to live in harmony with nature. Their operation is based on permaculture principals, which takes care of the earth, the people on it, and protects resources for future generations. Through the use of permaculture methods, they can extend the growing season and produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables year-round. “We are off-the-grid, process our own waste water, build sustainably, and use permaculture as a guide to mimic natural systems and create a microclimate that helps extend the season.”

Braune Farms

Braune Farms is a 30-acre family-run farm located in the rich blackland soil of Geronimo, Texas. They follow sustainable farming practices and techniques to maximize efficiency and retain the high mineral content of the soil, which gives their produce exceptional flavor. The farm is worked by the entire family, including their four children. “When you purchase from Braune Farms, you are truly supporting a small family farm and helping to give us the opportunity to continue a long farming tradition in our family.”

Farmshare Austin

Farmshare Austin is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to take a whole-systems approach to community food security by training organic farmers, improving farm practices, preserving farmland, and increasing access to organic food. Their seven-acre organic farm, located on fertile banks of the Colorado river, grows both delicious organic produce and knowledge through their “Farmer Starter” Education Program. “Our work is guided by three pillars; Education, Food Access, and Land Preservation.”

Green Gate Farms

Green Gate Farms was established in 2006 on a historic farm site in an underserved community in East Austin. They have dedicated their farm to cultivating healthy food and communities by maintaining an open-door policy for volunteers, food lovers, workshops, and community-inspired events. “Our farm is designed to connect people to agriculture in a new way. Children, city planners, and developers need to see that in-town sustainable farms are possible. Everyone should have a place where they can savor nature and appreciate how their food grows.”

Lightsey Farms

Lightsey Farms is located outside of Mexia, Texas and has been in operation for nearly 100 years. They grow over 30 varieties of sustainably produced fruits and vegetables and aim to build long-term business relationships and friendships with their customers based on trust and confidence. “The success of the farm is a combination of hard work, good soil, and good management. This is evidenced by the size, taste, and overall quality of our fruits and vegetables."

Plant It Forward Farms

Plant it Forward Farms is a Houston-based non-profit that is changing the way Houston eats by turning vacant, urban land into vibrant farms run by refugees. Plant It Forward secures land, selects, trains, and mentors farmers and establishes each on their own urban farm to sell under the Plant It Forward brand. Each farm will have the potential to generate a fair wage for a family of four while providing premium brand, sustainably-grown produce to Houstonians. “As a city overflowing with land, sun and water, we deserve the infrastructure to be able to grow and purchase healthy, fresh and local food. Plant It Forward Farms brings together the people and resources needed to make that vision a reality.”

Tecolote Farm

Tecolote Farm's CSA is the longest-running in Texas and was first certified organic in 1994. They started with 16 CSA customers, and have since provided countless Central Texans with fresh, delicious vegetables – many rare, heirloom varieties not often seen in stores. Tecolote grows over 150 vegetables on their organic farm near Webberville - 13 miles east of the capital. They start all of their own vegetables, including heirlooms and heritage breeds, and everything they sell is grown and harvested at their farm. Tecolote systematically follows the highest possible standard of quality and freshness.

Texas Food Ranch

Texas Food Ranch is a sustainably run farm specializing in Armenian varieties of fruits and vegetables outside of Fredonia, Texas. Although self-proclaimed “start-up farmers”, their land has been in the family for over 150 years and was traditionally used for cattle ranching. They have found that Central Texas soil and landscape is especially well suited for growing specialty produce varieties traditionally found in the Caucasus. “We aim to produce tasty, fresh produce sold directly to the consumer and discerning chef.”