John and Aimee Shelton, both born and raised in Louisiana, grew up on small farmsteads.
They wed in 2013 and by 2015 purchased 50+ acres of wooded timberland in Atlanta, Texas, with intentions of homesteading, using chickens, and goats, to help clear the property and pest control.
We bought dogs and a tractor then our goats. John quickly threw up old school “farm-store” goat woven wire and made 2-paddocks. Unfortunately, I did not research this much as I have found out now the goat wire is a terrible idea because goats get their heads stuck and you cannot get them out without cutting the wire, but the worst part was the goats ate the underbrush so fast we now had nothing else to eat except trees that were toxic. We lost our first goat due to toxicity and almost quite right then.
In 2018 we cut timber in order to build more fence but soon realized we did not have enough money to fence the area we had just cut. Luckily, I found a Timeless Fence brochure that I had filed in our goat binder from several years back looked at it, opened up YouTube and started watching videos. I wanted to beat my head against the wall as I had realized we made mistakes before we ever bought the first goats by choosing the fence we chose, and by building paddocks with cross fences and more cross-fences, which cost way too much money.
July 2019 we bought & put up our first Timeless fence in 1 day with no special tools, no tractor, no auger. It went up quicker, easier and looked better than any fence I had ever built. We loved the fence so much we bought enough inventory to do the rest of the cleared cut-over property at a cost of 75% less than our traditional way of fencing.
This opened up the door to become a distributor which was a blessing when Covid-19 hit, and our small business was all but shut down. We had no idea how Timeless fence was about to take off! With people literally confined to their homes, Farms, and property fence building and homesteading was on the rise. So much for the inventory to build my own fence as it quickly went out the door to customers.
During the pandemic we found YouTube videos and was introduced to Greg and Jan Judy from Green Pastures Farm in Rucker Missouri. 20 years ago, John read Joel Salatin’s book Pastured Poultry for Profits and raised chickens in movable coops, so this concept was not new but applying it on a larger scale with all livestock was. Mr. Judy's videos changed our thought processes about how we had been taught to raise animals growing up and the evidence of what was not working on our small farm.
I would love to say come to our farm and see the lush green grass, but the reality is, we have a property full of undesirable weeds, compacted soil, and ugly steel fencing!! With that said, people may ask how can you host The Ark-La-Tex Regenerative Agriculture Conference?
Well, it is simple; Our eyes have been opened to regenerative agriculture, we understand the Earth cannot continue to farm with current practices. We meet people daily who are trying to eat better, live healthier lifestyle, combat disease naturally, leave corporate America and so on. We want to be part of the solution in making a better impact on our world.
We are proud to host the first ever Regenerative Agriculture conference in the Ark-La-Tex. Regenerative AG is one of the main ways we can save our future planet, farmland and produce healthy soil that in-turn provides healthy food for generations. So, join us, so we can meet, exchange ideas, learn, but most importantly build the cooperative spirit.