A farming legacy of over 100 years

Just southeast of Abilene you'll find Denton, a small, tight-knit community, and home of the Denton Valley Farms, a place that pairs a love for the craft with education and hard work.

"This is what we do all day everyday, year round," commented Colby Hatchett, co-owner of the farm.

The Hatchett's are just the latest generation of farmers belonging to two families that have been farming the area for over 100 years.

"Her great-grandfather's house, that fallen down white house on the corner, that's her great-grandfather's house," Colby went on.

Now this couple started their farm back in 2007 and started quite literally from the ground up.

"And when we bought this farm, there were no roads, no fences," Colby stated.

The first thing they did was to prepare it for peach trees.

"Before we finished our house that we're living in, we were working on the farm," said Colby.

Now, 10 years later, the farm has expanded dramatically. It grows all sorts of produce, is host to its own store, and is also a wedding venue.

"We don't do well halfway doing anything," said Amanda Hatchett, co-owner of the farm.

The couple says their favorite part about the job and the experience, is sharing it with anyone and everyone that comes out to the farm.

"It's good for people to see where their food is grown, and how it's grown, and it's especially good for the kids," said Colby.

"Most kids don't know where their milk, meat, or produce comes from. They just think it comes from the grocery store. So we have a passion to share our connection with our customers," finished Amanda. 

As for the future, that Hatchett's have a plan.

"It's expansion, expansion, expansion," Colby concluded.


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