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Ranch Life

In 1886 the King Ranch was established by a man with a dream and a herd of Hereford cattle. Today, lineage from the original herd still exists, along with many time-honored traditions. Modern technology and advances in the field help shape and guide ranching along an ever changing path. See how we keep tradition prevalent yet embrace new advances to keep the dream alive.


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From the barn, coop, & garden

Read how we are building a homestead from the ground up. Packed full of ideas you can apply and blunders you can learn from.

Hi, I’m Whitney!

The creak of a saddle, homegrown food, and old milk jugs just about sum me up. My husband, two littles, and I started our 7 acre homestead in late 2015. Located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle and situated on a hill overlooking the family ranch, I don't think life can get much sweeter. Although our homestead is young, our roots run deep. My husband's family has ranched here since 1886 and we hope to keep tradition alive and thriving. While I love every aspect of ranching I also had an insatiable desire to live more self-sufficiently. Trying to provide the best nutrition for our family, and a love of gardening and pretty much all animals drove me to start our homestead. Whether you are living in the suburbs in a tiny condo, or out in the sticks with plenty of land to have a generous homestead, I hope I can inspire you to live simply, grow some food, and appreciate God's green Earth.