The last week in October the Evant Garden Club traveled on a day trip to the Heritage Farms in Waco. They graciously invited me to tag along.
The Farms are comprised of a group of families with a religious affiliation and a common life philosophy. They are vague about their beliefs except that family is a core value.
Most of the land is owned commonly. The children are all home schooled. The women and girls wear loose plain dresses. The men and boys wear jeans and commercially made shirts. Much of the information about the community comes from a short video shown to visitors.
This lovely Candle Bush (Senna alata), also known as a Candelabra Bush, Empress Candle Plant, Ringworm Tree, or Candletree is a medicinal tree. It is native to Mexico but can grow tall in the tropics.
All the different shops provide classes for the public.
Community barn raisings are another source of income. They have bought old barns in the northeastern US and reconstructed them replacing damaged parts with authentic replications. Some projects are done for their property and some for customers.
Back to the cafe where there is another Candle Bush. We ate lunch there. With everything made from scratch, it’s a long, leisurely lunch time. They were busy, even on a Tuesday, with many large groups touring.
A great day of enjoying a calm, serene atmosphere and learning about crafts not practiced by many today.
“The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” John F. Kennedy