Mandy and Travis are proud to come from a long line of farmers. Mandy is a 5th generation farmer and grew up on her family's citrus farm in McAllen, TX. Travis is a 6th generation farmer and grew up on his family's ranch in D'Hanis, TX. The pair met at Texas A&M University and graduated in 2008 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Both worked as biologists and educators for several years, Travis abroad and Mandy in south Texas. While working in India, Travis' love for books led him Joel Salatin's Pastured Poultry Profits. Travis always knew he wanted to spend his life on the ranch his family has lived on for generations as traditional cattle ranchers. He believed pasture-raised poultry would be well suited for the land was inspired enough by this book to embark on a new farming journey. By the end of 2010, Travis had moved move back to the ranch and began raising their first group of broilers. Mandy joined him in 2011 and the couple married in 2012 on the Frio River. They were blessed in 2015 with their son, Jack, and are so grateful to raise him on the land they love so much.
the land's story
Francois Joseph* (1816-1886) and Regina Zürcher (1818-1882) Finger, emigrated with their only child, 4-year old Joseph, from Oberentzen, Alsace, France, in 1847. They came with colonist Henri Castro to settle the fourth and last of his colonies, D’Hanis. They acquired land south of D’Hanis on both the Parker and Seco Creeks, believed to be about 20,000 acres. Travis is the seventh generation to ranch on the land, which consists of about 400 acres of the original homestead. Many of his cousins still own surrounding properties and we have been fortunate to lease them for grazing over the years. We love our land and feel specially privileged for having the chance to take care of such a precious treasure and heritage.
WHAT WE DO
We strongly believe that regenerative agriculture practices have a large-scale impact on the conservation of our natural resources. We have seen our systems and efforts greatly improve our soil and forage quality, water catchment and infiltration, and wildlife habitat. Our relationship with people and our community is of great importance to us. We are energized by sustainable agriculture design and love to teach others about what we do.
We focused on producing broilers and laying hens in the early years, but have now expanded to turkeys, ducks, guineas, and grass-fed beef. We are a local producer committed to the idea that local is better. All of our products are sold within a 150 miles radius to farmers markets, restaurants, and directly off the farm. We enjoy harvesting wild game, spend lots of time in our garden, plant an incredible amount of native and edible trees, and constantly brainstorm and implement land restoration practices.
Parker Creek Ranch's business and production models are always evolving. Our farm has overcome enormous obstacles by focusing on our goals and the bigger picture. There is nowhere else we would rather be and nothing we want to do more.
- Generate a healthy profit from the land in order to support our family and invest in things we believe in
- Manage land holistically - care for the soil, water, plants, animals and people
- Produce nutritious and flavorful products for our community and allow them opportunities to connect with the land
- Demonstrate the balance and relationship between agricultural production and natural resource conservation