Begun in August of 2010, Grace Heritage Ranch (GHR) is a small, 100 acre homestead ranch located just outside the little town of Santa Monica in Willacy County, Texas. Among the various heritage breeds of animals raised there, two of special interest are the American Milking Devon cattle and the San Clemente Island goats. These goats and cattle are critically endangered breeds with approximately 600 each worldwide. GHR also raises registered Nigerian Dwarf goats, Chocolate and Bourbon Red turkeys, and heritage breeds of chickens. Several other animals make their home at GHR as well, and all are kept safe under the watchful eyes of their guardian donkeys.
With the ultimate goal of a self-sustaining homestead, becoming more self-reliant, and instilling in their children the wisdom and perseverance of past generations, the owners of GHR, Brian and Mary Schalk, work hard to maintain a back-to-the-land lifestyle by learning and utilizing skills and techniques of the past. Their children help in keeping the bees, tending the orchard of 30 fruit trees, cultivating the large organic garden of heirloom fruits and vegetables, and also caring for and loving on the animals. Wise stewardship of God’s provision is part of their plan and lifestyle; warm hospitality to visitors is an extension of who they are.
Grace Heritage Ranch is all about education and fun! Come visit our 100 acre homestead and interact with our heritage breed cattle, goats, turkeys, and chickens. Try your hand at feeding donkeys and milking a goat. Learn about organic gardening, honey bees, and spinning fibers into yarn. See more at www.GraceHeritageRanch.com and www.Facebook.com/VisitGHR .