Friends, Kayla and I have so much good news to share, we can hardly stand it! We have not just one, but a series of announcements coming soon about new products and services that you are going to love!
We began to rebuild Four String Farm the day after Hurricane Harvey destroyed it. We started by cutting apart the trees that were blocking the road to the house.
Then we cut the downed the trees out of the driveway, then the trees that had fallen on the house. Many of you helped us. You cannot imagine how we appreciate you and how often we think of you. The barn, of course, was simply gone, blown to rubble for us to pick up, as well Dad’s house and everything else we had built over the years.
The forests that you once walked in, where we held such beautiful weddings and countless classes and events, were totally destroyed, including some of the biggest trees in our county. Within the graveyard of downed trees there was every type of trash, litter, and debris imaginable from our neighborhood, carried there by 135 mph winds.
Once the flooding receded, the sun penetrated the former forest, now naked without upright trees or a canopy. Brush, sticker vines, weeds, and grass grew up and over the fallen trees. Much of our property, that was not still flooded, became an impenetrable thicket of downed trees, wild hogs, raccoons, opossums, and countless cottonmouths and copperheads.
These were not even the worst of our challenges, not even close. We had to rebuild our business in the middle of a disaster zone, from scratch, with no government help and no money—no money in the bank and no money coming in.
Despite that, we have worked nearly every day since the hurricane to rebuild our company. We were able to continue some elements, like our writing and education programs, and that has led to some wonderful opportunities. Also, as we have rebuilt, we were able to start a modest farm operation, although at a much smaller scale.
It took me 17 years to pioneer Four String Farm out of the wilderness into the place that you loved. Kayla worked by my side every day for eight years of that time. And I have to admit, she worked me under the table every single one of those days!
But it won’t take us that long to rebuild it! We did it once, and now we know what the heck we’re doing! Kayla and I are so thrilled about what’s coming, we wake up every morning and fly out of bed to get our work done.
Stay tuned, friends, we have much good news coming soon! Thank you for your support, your patience, your loyalty, and your love! We look forward to connecting with you soon!
Will you grow cabbages ?????🥰👨🎨😃
OF COURSE! Our delicious cabbages, painted by and made beautiful by YOU, are hanging on the wall of Joel Salatin, the most famous and innovative farmer in the world! You know we are going to keep that going! I cant wait to show you our next iteration of beautiful ingredients!
Thank you for the update!
Hello Tracy! I hope you are doing GREAT and we see you soon!
I love your attitude and enthusiasm. God will continue to bless you.
Thank you, Dawn! With God, all things are possible!
Thank you, can’t wait to see your next page that unfolds.
Hello John Jenkins! I hope you are doing well and still making that great compost!
I’m so happy to hear ya’ll are back. When I lived in Rockport, I looked forward to Farm Share days and was introduced to so many veggies squashes and greens) that were unfamiliar to me. With Kayla’s recipes some became favorites. I wish you the very best. Corpus Christi doesn’t have a Four String Farm or Justin and Kayla.😥
Check back soon and we will change that emoji!
you both are simple amazing
Hello Barbara! YOU are the one who is amazing!
So happy for ya’ll and for the community you serve. I’ve many great memories of your Farm Share. I was introduced to produce that I wasn’t familiar with (Squash and greens) and still use some of Kayla’s recipes.
Thank you, Brenda! Kayla will be so happy to know you still use her recipes! She is still writing and has hundreds now, check out http://www.thebendmag.com/categories/cuisine for taste! Have a wonderful day, Brenda!
So very exciting!! Can’t wait to see what unfolds from your hard work and creativity. You both are an inspiration to so many.
Still making many of your recipes and gardening using many of your techniques here in the hill country. Miss you both! And your girls get cuter every year!!