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As a sustainable farm we aim to grow and sell locally. This helps reduce the pollution caused by the packaging, transport, and store of the crops over long distances. It helps to minimize energy consumption and cuts down on waste produced by the food packaging industry. Fewer people handling your food, you know where your food comes from and you are helping your local farmer and economy. Live Local, Buy Local!
Our CD&J Mini Ranch Story
In 2018, Cynthia along with her husband David & son Justin, started CD&J Mini Ranch, a Certified Naturally Grown 35-acre ranch outside San Benito, Texas. San Benito is in the Rio Grande Valley, close to South Padre Island and the Southern most border, where the gulf breeze always blows. Cynthia & David chose to start raising their own meats & produce after seeing so many reports on meat & vegetable recalls; the harsh conditions market animals are raised; and the food scarcity that hurricanes, floods, freezes & then Covid caused. They raise a variety of animals including pigs, cows, lamb, ducks, turkeys & chickens. They also raise several of their own vegetables that they and their neighbors enjoy, but they also preserve by canning and freeze drying much of what they grow. When Cynthia and David first started their farm in 2018 they just wanted a better, healthier choice of food and then after some time they heard from so many other people concerned about these same issues. They also want these fresh, locally grown food items.
Cynthia first started selling their meats and products at local farmer's markets; from their farm and to a few small local businesses. Some of the products she sells are purchased from other area farmers who also have small farms. These items are vegetables, pecans, cheese, honey and a few other seasonal items. Cynthia, David, Justin and a family friend helped build a Farm Wagon that Cynthia is able to take to her venues including those listed above, but also to local RV parks and neighborhoods where folks have a harder time getting out to make purchases at the farmer's markets. Of course not everything she sell on the Farm Wagon can be found locally, such as the pineapple, apples, coconut, to name a few. These are some of the food items that Cynthia uses in her jellies and freeze dried products.
Cynthia, David and Justin have also adapted with the times. They now offer Farm Gatherings, where folks can get together and have a fun afternoon playing with the farm animals, fishing, leaning to milk a goat, gather eggs, etc. Along with the Farm Gatherings, they also offer over night camping spots for those wanting to be around farm animals and experience what we get to enjoy everyday.