Great grandpa bought this farm in 1918, and his city-slicker great-grandkids arrived one-hundred years later, in 2018, to see if we could learn to farm what was left of this tiny bit of rural land. Needless to say, it’s a learning curve, but we have been growing it slowly, each year, and plan to continue to bring much goodness to you from this little bit of Central Texas.
We are a FAMILY farm, so we aren’t aiming to get rich. We just want to live the farm lifestyle, far out here in the country, and let our boys grow up in rural America. We do want to pay the light bill and afford feed for the bovines, bees and birdies, though.
We are big on permaculture, sustainable farming, and living off of the land so that we can be the best stewards of the planet as we can. We are also big on supporting local, small, and those who are trying to live an organic lifestyle and treating animals more humanely.
We offer shares in our farm and animals so that we can share a little bit of the country with you. We currently have cow shares, chicken adoption, egg sales, seasonal garden produce, and homeschool field trips available. Cow share and Chicken adoption partners are welcome to set up times to come visit the farm and see their animals with at least a week’s notice. If you have questions about any of the things we offer, feel free to reach out and contact the farmer’s wife for answers!
In the future, we plan to offer gardening camps, produce boxes, flowers, mason jar goods, baked goods, soaps, edible/garden plant starts, fabric goods, potted plants, beef cow shares and honey. Of course, the farmer’s wife is also a photographer… so you can come get your photo taken and ask her about her rates for events, portraits, or your other photography needs any time!
Be sure to keep this page bookmarked and we will update it frequently with what is available. You can also sign up for our email list: Click here to sign up for updates.
COW SHARE PROGRAM
We board, milk, and care for a small herd of Jersey and Longhorn cattle. Our bull has been tested as A2/A2, and we are in the process of testing the rest of the herd. We have three pregnant females which will be coming into production soon, and we have a wait list for future cow share partners. If you are interested in owning a share of one of our Jersey milk cows, please use the contact form and let us know. We will let you know when the next partner availability opens up.
If you are interested in participating in the back-to-nature, back-to-basics, raw milk product revolution, and adopt (own a portion of) a cow in our herd, here’s how you can get on board:
In a dairy cow share, a shareholder pays a monthly fee (SHARE) that goes towards the costs of feeding, caring for the animal (vet costs, supplies, medicines, etc.), and a portion of the labor and boarding costs of housing, grazing, and milking the dairy cow. Each share comes out to a small percentage of ownership in the cow, which translates into owning a comparable percentage of whatever products the animal produces (minus the poop, unless you need garden fertilizer, of course). The owner of Tiny Texas Farm retains managing rights as to the animal’s welfare, even if we sell over 50% of the cow in shares, because we still own more shares than any single shareholder.
The dairy cow share contract fee allows you ONE share of the cow and a partner-ownership of the animal on the farm. How many shares there are depend on how many gallons of milk products the cow actually produces per week.
To enter into agreement with the farm, there is a contract fee of 50$ up front which is non-refundable. This secures your partnership with our farm and secures your wait list place. This helps the farmer to know you are committed to partnering with the farm. Contract fees are per family, so if you have more than one product you purchase from the farm, you only pay one contract fee. There is no additional contract fee for a renewed contract if it does not expire before you renew.
DAIRY COW SHARE COST
Tiny Texas Farm charges $221.00 per cow share for the contract period of 6 months. This share entitles you to 26 total gallons of milk for the contract period from your cow/s. We make every effort to ensure that this is evenly distributed over a weekly amount. If you were paying for a (1) gallon of milk per week at the grocery store for six months, you would be paying 8.50$ a gallon at this rate.
Payment is due up front, but you can split the payment into two payments and pay over a period of a month. The day you pick up your first product from your cow at our farm is the day your term begins. Paying up front ensures your rate for the contract period, no matter what happens to the cost of grain, vet care, or any other variable on the farm. Rates may increase in the future, so we will notify you before your contract expires if there is a rate increase to let you decide if you want to renew or cancel.
Share ownership may be sold or transferred to a new owner at your discretion. There are no refunds.
Before your six month contract period is up, you must notify the Farmer of your intent to continue or end your contract. If your contract expires, you run the risk of having someone else purchase your share.
In the rare case that your cow is no longer in production and we are unable to transfer your contract to another producing animal, we will refund you the pro-rated amount that you have left on your contract.
Desiring multiple gallons per week translates to multiple cow shares.
We do not heat or treat the milk in any way. We skim the top portion of heavy cream off of the milk about 80% of the time. Your milk will always come with a little bit of cream as it would be next to impossible to get all of it. It tastes better with the cream on it, anyway!
Cream can be used to make butter, coffee cream, heavy whipping cream, sour cream, and other things. Occasionally, when you receive your milk, it will come with all the natural heavy cream, risen to the top. Sometimes this cream forms a thick skin. You can place that in a jar and shake it up to soften it or make butter with it. If you do not want thick cream on your share, please notify the farmer. Making sure your containers have a well-sealing lid will prevent the skin from forming on the top.
We currently are not charging any extra for our cow shares when cream is sometimes left on. If you require extra cream, please notify the farmer and we will work out an additional cow share fee so that we always leave heavy cream in your pail.
Click here to download the PDF… and contact us to make arrangements for dropping off a signed and notarized document.
Note: All responsibility for the procurement of health information about the uses of raw milk and health risks associated with consumption are the sole responsibility of the shareholder/cow share partner.
OTHER COW SHARE REQUIREMENTS
The Shareholder is responsible for procuring two stainless steel milk pails that are wide-mouth and have secure sealing lids so that their milk and/or cream can be stored until pick up. The Shareholder is also responsible for disinfecting and cleaning the containers before returning them the next week to the farm for re-use. Please place a sticker on your pails so that it will be clear to the farmer which pail belongs to which cow share partner.
We suggest buying a 2.5 gallon stainless milk pail from Hamby Dairy Supply. This makes transporting a breeze and leaves room for extra milk or cream should there be any to deposit in the canister. Hamby has a scratch and dent program that allows you to buy pails at a fraction of the cost. Most of the cans we have had shipped here by other cow share partners have looked new, even though they purchased scratch and dent cans. You can ship the cans directly to our farm and we will place a temporary sticker on them until you can place your own. Leave us a message on our contact page and we will be glad to help you get set up and order your cans.
There are no refunds, whether or not you received milk for the week!
For example: You forgot that it was your scheduled milk pick up day and you did not call… or pick up was not possible because of your schedule or due to weather or any other variable. The farm will make every effort to allow you to re-schedule a pick up time if you call prior to your scheduled pick up, however, due to the expiration sensitivity of raw milk and limited cold storage space, the Farmer reserves the right to dispose of your share of product.
If you do not wish to have milk one week because you have some left over from the previous one, you may substitute eggs or other farm products that are listed as available at the time, or you can ask for more milk the following week instead, if it’s available. If you fail to pick up your milk as scheduled and do not inform the Farmer, you can not ask for a substitution or extra milk on your next pick up.
CHICKEN ADOPTION AND EGG SALES
We are currently selling rainbow eggs for 5$ a dozen. We make a stop in Cedar Park, Texas (servicing the North-Northeast Austin area suburbs each week). If you live in Central Texas and are interested in fresh farm eggs from bug-eating, free-roaming, soy-free chickens, please let us know. Some of the places we travel to or through every other week: Temple, Bryan, Austin, Round Rock, Taylor, Hutto, Pflugerville, Leander, Cedar Park, Georgetown, College Station, Caldwell, Cameron, Rockdale, and many smaller surrounding towns.
Egg contracts help us to designate where we are traveling each week ahead of time. That helps save time, money, and headache for the chicken “tenders”. Egg contracts are for four weeks, so you pay for however many eggs you think you will use in a month up front. Even if you don’t end up using them all, our eggs are delivered with bloom in-tact (the bloom from the chicken keeps the eggs fresh for up to three months without refrigeration). We do not wash our eggs, but immediately place them in cartons for sale. We sell all our eggs or use them each week, so you will always get fresh eggs that have been laid the same week you receive them. We can provide you with a bunch of egg recipes if you need them, too!
Questions? More information about egg bloom can be found at the link in this sentence.
If you sign a weekly EGG CONTRACT you get additional bonuses besides delicious eggs:
- You may adopt a hen/chicken. This gives you the ability to get weekly emails and photos from the farm letting you know what your chicken is up to.
- You take priority over other customers because your eggs are scheduled and spoken for.
- You can visit the farm without paying field trip fees, and you have a more personal experience with the animals on the farm.
- You can name a chicken! Currently we have 18 chicks that need names and twice a year we have chick days where we add new chicks to the flock! Some of our laying hens also need names (or new ones)… my ten year old has some weird ideas for chicken names (Jefftard? Dalamungie?).
SEASONAL GARDEN ITEMS
We currently only have radishes that are up on the farm (as of April 2021), but we will be adding new small batches of produce as things mature in the garden. If you sign up for our garden picks email list, you will be notified as to what is blooming, fruiting, and producing so that you can decide if you are interested in adding that to your pick up/drop off of cow share dairy or eggs.
All of our produce is pesticide free!!! Prices will be included in the email updates. All produce is seasonal and there are only small quantities available.
HOMESCHOOL FIELD TRIPS
We have cows, chickens, cats, bugs, plants, flowers, trees, grass, and space to have a picnic lunch outside. We are a homeschool family (been homeschooling since 2001). We understand that sometimes city and suburban folk need a breath of fresh air and a sunny day-trip to keep mama sane. We would love to host your small homeschool group of 10 or less for a learning experience and enjoyable day-trip. Please feel free to contact the farmer’s wife for scheduling and information about what all the trip would entail. We offer super inexpensive rates and perks like home made ice cream and watermelon, depending on the season.
Thanks for your support of small farming, local farmers, and the State of Texas. Thanks for making life better for our animals and our family. YOU are part of the sustainable future of this planet with every dollar you spend on small farm products and every dollar you invest in caring for small farm raised flora and fauna.
(This little farmer plans to plant the whole wilderness here with yummy edible, medicinal, and beautiful plant things once we figure out how to fence in our chicken garden assassins.) So there will be a lot more ways to get a farm share coming than just sharing part of a cow (watch for an update this coming summer 2021).
We will update this page frequently with new farm products that are available, so check back with us every few months as the garden, herd and flock grow and change.