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Every Day Life on the Sand Hollar Farm
Stephanie and Scott Little created the Sand Holler Farm in 2008 in Dale, Texas. The farm has grown into a large operation where animals are raised and organic foods are grown.
Scott Little begins making his rounds early on the morning of November 16, 2013 to make sure everyone working is on task. “They know I’m just walking around to give them a hand if they need one,” Scott said playfully with a friendly smile on his face.
Kevin Becker diligently works on creating new rows of soil on the morning of November 16 to replace the summer jalepeño plants with winter lettuce plants. “Transition time of the year is always the hardest work, but it’s just something that has to be done,” Kevin said.
After laughing at a comment about the only chicken with “feathery clown feet,” Lauryn Williams picks him up to get a closer look on December 1.
Scott Johnson, Courtney Harrington, and Jared Howard stand surrounded by ducks on an almost-freezing, December 10 morning. “No, no! Not me!” Courtney yelled jokingly as they discussed who would change out the coops that day.
As Sand Holler switched from summer to winter crops, jalepeño plants were ripped out of the ground to be placed in a compost pile November 16. Scott Little picks and breaks open one of the last jalepeños of the season.
December 10, 2013 brought along an icy morning, but Scott Johnson works through the cold to continue planting onions while Courtney Harrington finishes the icy task of watering the rest of the plants.
Tess, the angora goat, took a break from grazing on November 16 to observe the happenings beyond the fencing of her one-acre pen.
After the sun had warmed the early afternoon of December 1, Lauryn Williams came outside to grind unused tree limbs to make small wood chips for the new rows of soil being made for the winter crops. “There’s so much dang mulch in my shoe,” she said with a laugh.
After working since 6 a.m. December 10, dealing with flat tractor tires and struggling to start fires with wood dampened in the recent rain , Anna Stanley and Brian Fontenot take a well-deserved rest of the day off as their dog, Rusko, follows.