SISTER GROVE FARM
Sister Grove Farm is a rolling piece of blackland prairie in Van Alstyne, Texas. Her 149 acres is nestled along the east prong of Sister Grove Creek in the Lavon watershed of the Trinity River basin.
For centuries, families in the Wichita or Kitikiti'sh tribes called this area home. According to the Texas State Historical Association, these were a settled and agricultural people. The women cultivated varieties of maize, beans, and squash (known as the Three Sisters) and possibly tobacco for religious purposes. The men hunted deer, rabbits, turkey, and, primarily, bison, and caught fish. They tended to be friendly toward strangers, avoided confrontations unless provoked, and were noted for their hospitality.
Later this land was owned by Collin McKinney, the oldest signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. In his later years he deeded it to his son, Younger Scott McKinney, who built a home for his family in 1859. That farmhouse is still standing and a State of Texas historical marker designates the site. After an extensive restoration, the house now serves as the primary residence of Rodney and Sarah Macias who have owned this property since 2016.
Using regenerative agricultural practices and holistic planned grazing, Rodney and Sarah hope to raise and grow food in ways that build up soil health. With this basic context at the heart of their decision making, they hope to increase biodiversity, improve the water cycle, and sequester carbon as an act of resilience in mitigating climate change. They also envision Sister Grove as a place of healing and community building. With this in mind, construction of a small agri-spiritual retreat center is underway.
If you get to know your place,
it will get to know you.
FACES OF SISTER GROVE
At Sister Grove Farm, there are many people, creatures, and plants that have made the farm what it is. Here are just a few of us, with more to come.