Green Fields Farm's heritage comes through Leonard and Inez Cobb. They are the parents of Jonathan Cobb and Jennifer Brasher (4th generation farmers and the owners of Green Fields Farm, along with their spouses). Leonard and Inez are both huge supporters of the work GFF is doing. Leonard's history on the land, his knowledge of cattle and genetics, his ingenuity and problem-solving personality are great assets to our team. Inez is a tremendous help, providing the majority of the care for our laying hens, assisting with daily duties for our pigs, and cooking many a meal! She's generous, a helper by nature, and one of the hardest workers we know. We couldn't do it without their help!
John and Jennifer Brasher were married in 2004 and have two children, Trevor and Elyse. John has a communications degree and business background in sales. Jennifer has a business degree and background in human resource management. Through her own personal health struggles, Jennifer went on a health and nutrition journey around the same time as Jonathan and Kaylyn, and she discovered how much our conventional food system was negatively impacting our health and well being. This created in her a passion for providing nutrient-dense food for her family, and the timing was perfect for forming Green Fields Farm together as a family to begin this journey of healing for both the land and us. John and Jennifer both have a deep connection to the land and enjoy all aspects of working with the plants and animals and connecting with others who share a love for nature and good food.
In addition to working full time in human resource management, Jennifer is responsible for much of our research on animal and human health, she sources the animals for our pastured eggs and pastured pork enterprises, coordinates processing dates, assists with customer correspondence, and helps with other projects and operations when she's out at the farm. Jennifer is also a graduate of Holistic Management International's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program.
John works full time as a sales training manager, but still manages to provide much needed help on the farm. He comes out many evenings and weekends and is the one primarily responsible for managing the moves for our pastured pork enterprise. He also works on special projects and the never-ending task of keeping our stuff organized!
Jonathan and Kaylyn Cobb were married in 2002 after meeting in college and obtaining business degrees. They spent several years living in downtown Fort Worth as newly-weds. As time went on and none of the "kids" had yet moved back, they couldn't let go of the family farm and decided to move back to give farming a shot. Jonathan farmed with Leonard under the industrial row-cropping model for five years while Kaylyn worked as a CPA. During that time, Jonathan realized it was not what he had envisioned, and he did not see a future under that model. He had the difficult talk with his dad about the farm ending with the third generation, they had their house on the market, and he was looking for work in Austin. Thankfully, God intervened. Jonathan and Kaylyn listened to a podcast “Can Faith Be Green?” by Dr. Timothy Keller that helped change the lens through which they viewed creation. Also, through exposure to Holistic Management and soil health principles, they had hope for the first time that a different way was possible. They learned that it was possible to farm in accordance with their values as Christians, that God had designed nature to work, and that they could grow the kind of nutrient-dense food they had been looking for after going through their own health and nutrition journey. Jonathan and Kaylyn both believe this is their calling and ministry, and they are passionate about being a part of regenerating creation and nourishing their community with the abundance of the land.
In addition to working "off-farm" as a soil health and cover crop consultant, Jonathan is responsible for much of the day to day farm operations, care of the ruminants (our cattle and sheep), grazing planning, planting of forage crops, and animal health. He also sits on the boards for the Grassfed Exchange and Holistic Management International.
Kaylyn does the accounting and strategic financial planning for the farm businesses, manages the website and social media marketing, assists with customer correspondence, and manages inventory and distribution. She also helps with the day-to-day farm operations when she isn't at her off-farm job as a part-time CPA. Kaylyn is a graduate of Holistic Management International's Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program.