Many transitions as a business have taken place since 1905. During the early 1900’s through the Depression years up into the late 1960’s, it had been a traditional ‘row crop’ farm growing cotton, corn and peanuts. During the Depression years The Farm helped support 4 tenant/sharecroppers. Extra money was made selling eggs and fresh vegetables to nearby grocery stores and neighbors. In the early 1970’s, The Farm was put into pasture land and began running cattle, primarily Hereford and Angus.
While the current operator, Daniel Wilson, was serving in the United States Army, his parents felt they could no longer continue running a cattle operation due to poor agriculture economic conditions and their health. As with many farms, the family began looking for ways to diversify to continue running the farm as a business.
Daniel Wilson had been interested in non-traditional gardening since his 4-H experiences. During a weekend 4-H Horticulture Retreat, he was introduced to hydroponics. This style of growing vegetables intrigued him. In high school, Daniel created his own a Lawn and Gardening business. He not only took care of many yards, but kept most of the town’s business lots mowed as well. Daniel, along with his sister, also raised 5 acres of produce for sale. They grew everything from beans to watermelons. This hard work paid off however when Daniel earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Horticulture.
The desire to serve his country had been strong in Daniel since he was a very young child. After high school, he decided not to go to OSU, but to enter the military as an infantryman.
After his years in the military, Daniel once again became interested in alternative farming methods. he began researching and reading about aquaponics. After joining several Aquaponic groups Daniel decided this method of vegetable growing would be one way to diversify the family business and give him a chance to return to his first interest which is gardening.
Daniel began talking to his family about aquaponics convincing them to begin their own small home system. After returning to the farm, he helped set up two of the family’s four greenhouses. Daniel increased the aquaponics to a larger system and began growing a variety of vegetables in the larger system as well as the traditional soil method. He has since acquired several customers who routinely buy produce.