Shelby Ann Brown, 1973 graduate of the Culver Military Academy, was inspired by the book, “Five Acres to Independence.” Shelby’s grandfather was a cattleman in the Texas-Oklahoma Panhandle with over a 1,000 acres of land. Her grandparents’ homestead, on 15 acres, became available in 1998 and in August of that year Shelby got her chance to practice what she had been reading about since high school.

Today the rural/urban population is 20/80 which means 80% of your customers live in the city. Shelby’s ancestral homestead is in Follett, TX. eight hours from Dallas, ten hours from Denver and Omaha/Kansas City too far to contemplate. Thus the abundance of small acreage success stories occur within 50 miles of civilization.

Healing from the Ground Up