Farms are different things to different people.
To many, they are the plots of land we see from the car as we drive down the highway. To others, it might be the memories of Green Acres reruns on TV. Farms are a lot more than that. They produce the food we eat, the fiber for the clothes we wear and the wood with which we build our homes. Farms and farming are the cornerstones on which civilizations are built. They give us the beauty of flowers, green grass of Spring time, a communion with nature and wide scenic vistas.
Dewberry Farm is our attempt to bring a taste of the farm of past, present, and future to the public of today. Since not everyone has a grandpa or favorite uncle to visit on the farm, we try to bring some of the experience to you. And you don’t even have to clean out the chicken house!
The founders of Dewberry Farm, Dan Bradshaw, Larry and Mary Emerson, have been involved in agriculture all their lives as have countless generations of their ancestors. At the end of 2012, Dan retired from Dewberry Farm and is now consulting to farmers and tending his goat herd in El Campo. Dan left his mark around the farm in many areas, especially in the landscaping and barnyard area.
Larry V. Emerson
Larry is an entomologist by training (a bug doctor!) and consulted to rice farmers in the Katy area for many years before becoming involved in the agricultural research business. The 100 acres where Dewberry Farm is located, was originally part of the 2,000 acre L-N Bar rice farm. Larry purchased the land in 1996 and conducted agricultural research from 1997 to 2005 when he decided kids were a lot more fun than writing research papers.
Mary, Larry’s wife, is the voice on the phone when you call the farm. She is a strong source of Dewberry Farm information and the coordinator of all school field trips and private functions. Mary is also the driving force behind the farm’s country store; she handles inventory purchasing and retail sales. In her spare time, Mary is Dewberry Farm’s bookkeeper and is in charge of keeping Larry pointed in the right direction.
The Farmers at Dewberry Farm would like to thank the “real” farmers of the world who endure drought, pests, low prices, government programs and much more to bring food and fiber to every person on this earth. Dewberry Farm’s mission is for the public to share the farm experience and at the same time enjoy some good old fashioned down home country fun!! We welcome your comments about Dewberry Farm and any suggestions you have to make it better.