Our Community


Love for the land, our families, our friends and our food – that’s what fuels our CommonGround community. Scroll down to learn where our volunteers are located, or Contact Us to get involved.

CommonGround Texas

Bobbie Black

Muleshoe, Texas

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, cotton, oats, peanuts, sorghum, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, speech therapist

My Hobbies: arts and crafts, baking, cooking, overall fitness, photography, running

Ask Me About: animal welfare, GMO foods, sustainability

About Me: I grew up as a farmer/rancher’s  daughter. Growing up, we were given responsibility, which made me think farming was the last thing I wanted to do as an adult. Tyler (my husband) and his family farmed across the road from our house. He would ride his dirt bike to their farm and try to convince me to date him.  We started dating right after graduation and both moved away from home for college.  It was during this time we realized what a blessing the lifestyle of farming had provided for the both of us.  After graduation, we moved back to Muleshoe, TX, where we bought the house his great-grandfather built in the 1940’s. We renovated the house, and in 2015, we were able to buy the land his Great-grandfather, grandfather and dad had all farmed at one time.  We are fortunate to be raising our three children in agriculture.  When I am not working as a speech therapist, the kids and I are busy working alongside Tyler.

Lindsey Bowers

Inez, Texas

Our Farm: catfish, corn, sorghum

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, grain merchandiser

My Hobbies: photography

Ask Me About: farm ownership, food prices, sustainability

About Me: I am active in my local church and love spending time with my boys. We farm as a family partnership with my husband’s siblings as well as his parents. I love advocating for agriculture through our local farm bureau, and I also serve on the board for South Texas Country Elevator Association.

Facebook: 5B Farms

Kyla Hamilton

Lubbock, Texas

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, cotton, oats, sorghum, vegetables, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, movies, photography, running

Ask Me About: animal welfare, farm ownership, sustainability

About Me: I refer to myself as a farm girl by accident. Although I grew up in a rural community, my family was not directly involved in agriculture in any way. I married my high school sweetheart who happens to be a fourth-generation Texas farmer. He and I, along with his parents, farm a variety of crops, including cotton, grain sorghum, wheat, corn, several varieties of hay and a summer vegetable garden. We also raise cattle. We are passionate about creating a sustainable farming future to pass along to our four children.

 Facebook: Hamilton Farms LLC

Kristen Johnston

Sandia, Texas

Our Farm: beef cattle, honey bees

My Work: farmer, wife

My Hobbies: cooking, hunting, leather works, reading, sewing, theater performance

Ask Me About: organic and local food, sustainability

About Me: My husband and I are together almost all of the time. I have a wide range of interests – from ballet to traditional archery. On our farm, we are first-generation farmers, with registered Red Angus cattle and honey bees. Everything we have and do has been built from the ground up. For example, we moved onto a boat and then a bus in order to rent out our home to help with the start-up funds for our farm. We love farming, being good stewards of the land and helping others.

Facebook: Lost Oaks on the Nueces

Ashley Pool

Muleshoe, Texas

Our Farm: beef cattle, black eyed peas, corn, cotton, edible beans, peanuts, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom

My Hobbies: cooking, fitness, travel

Ask Me About: farm ownership, food prices, food safety, GMO foods, organic and local foods

About Me: Our farm is diversified in more than one way. Three generations work together on our farm to raise beef cattle and grow a variety of crops. I take it upon myself to share the truth about agriculture because there is a lot of false information out there, and I want consumers to know the facts.

Facebook: Jordan Pool Farms

Julie Reznik

Dumas, Texas

Our Farm: corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, elementary school teacher

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, photography, reading, travel

Ask Me About: farm ownership, GMO foods, sustainability

About Me: Unlike most farmers, I’m not a farm kid. I grew up in the city (San Antonio) and moved onto our farm when I married John. Together, we run the farm with John’s parents, and you’ll find each one of us driving a tractor in the busy seasons. It’s a very different life than what I knew growing up! As a teacher, I love teaching my students about farming through hands-on experiments like hatching chickens in our classroom or gardening. Because most people do not have a connection to farmers, I want to take what I’m doing in the classroom to a bigger scale in our community.

Facebook: Julie Reznik, Reznik Farms

Twitter: @juliereznik

Instagram: juliereznik

Jaimie Saylor

Muleshoe, Texas

Our Farm: Corn, Cotton, Sorghum, Wheat

My Work: Farmer, Wife, Mom, Crop Insurance Agent

My Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Movies, Overall Fitness, Traveling

Ask Me About: Farm ownership, Food prices, Food safety, Local and organic foods, Sustainability

About Me:I am very passionate about agriculture! I’m not only saturated in the day to day operations with my husband, but also local producers as I provide federal crop insurance. As more and more acres are being ‘creatively’ grown, I’ve found myself brainstorming right alongside.

Jordan, my husband, and I have a unique agricultural story. Jordan was your typical farm kid, aspiring to be like Dad and I was raised in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado; knowing very little about the industry. After Jordan and I met in college, married and moved to Muleshoe my passion quickly shifted to ALL things agriculture.

Facebook:Jaime Saylor

Susan Smith

Sandia, Texas

Our Farm: sheep, vegetables

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, merchandising execution manager at Home Depot

My Hobbies: arts and crafts, baking, fishing, travel, writing

Ask Me About: animal welfare, local and organic foods

About Me: I’ve been raising lambs with my husband on our farm since we were married in 2010. We sell the lambs through a local farmer’s market. Because I didn’t grow up on a farm, I have learned so much about farming including the regulations and labor required to raise a safe product. I want to share what I’ve learned with others and provide people with a real perspective of how food is raised.

Facebook: Susan Ann Smith

Nicole Spurlock

Stratford, Texas

Our Farm: alfalfa, corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, teacher, coach

My Hobbies: cooking, fitness, photography, travel, writing, yoga

Ask Me About: farm ownership, food prices, food safety, GMO foods, sustainability

About Me: I didn’t know much about agriculture until I met my husband at Texas Tech University and we got married. Although I’m fairly new to the farm, I’m learning more every day. Since I’ve developed a passion for agriculture, I often meet people who have never visited a farm and I feel a responsibility to connect them to how their food is really raised. If a girl like me can get on board and learn so much about agriculture so quickly, anyone can!

Twitter: @ngarzlock

Instagram: ngarzlock

Gina Sugarek

Beeville, Texas

Our Farm: corn, cotton, sorghum, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, physical therapist

My Hobbies: baking, cooking, traveling

Ask Me About: farm ownership, food safety, GMO foods

About Me: I grew up learning about hard work, responsibility, faith, honesty, and integrity from my parents by working with cattle. My husband is a sixth-generation Texas farmer, and it is our hope and prayer that we will be able to instill the same values he learned through farm living in our children. We would love to be able to introduce both a love for land and animals to our kids through our work and way of life as farmers.

 

Elsie Wetzel

Tom Bean, Texas

Our Farm: corn, sorghum, soybeans, wheat

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, high school English teacher

My Hobbies: cooking, movies

Ask Me About: farm ownership, GMO foods, sustainability

About Me: I love all of the hats I wear: farmer, wife, mom, teacher and more! I’m involved in the Texas Classroom Teacher Association and enjoy reading in my free time. We are third-generation grain farmers, hoping to make it a fourth generation with our rambunctious little boy.

Kelly Whatley

Odem, Texas

Our Farm: beef cattle, corn, cotton, sorghum

My Work: farmer, wife, mom, photographer

My Hobbies: cooking, farming, photography, travel

Ask Me About: GMO foods, farm ownership, sustainability

About Me:
I do not want anyone to be afraid of the food they eat or the clothes they wear. Part of my job as a farmer is to pull the curtain back to let you know how we are raising your food and fiber. Even though my husband is the fourth generation to farm, I am from a non-agriculture background. I had many of the same concerns and questions about modern agriculture as you. I love answering questions and making connections from our farm to your table and closet.

Facebook:Kelly Seago Whatley, J&K Whatley Farms

Twitter:@KellyWhat

Instagram: @KWhatley, @Whatley Farms