Spirit Pioneering Farm
Bringing Fresh Produce to the Crossroads
This is a fast paced world in which we live. Almost anything and everything can be purchased around the corner at the nearest store. When it comes to produce and the foods we eat, it is sad to admit that few children really know the origin of the food we eat. But there are some folks in the Crossroads that see the need to get back to the basics.
Spirit Pioneering Farm is operated by Tyson Thornton and his wife CJ. Their goal is to supply the Crossroads with seasonal “Beyond Organic” fruits and vegetables. On the six acre farm, the Thornton family shares with the community the richness of what the land provides. This is the beginning of their fourth year as organic vegetable farmers. Four years ago, Thornton and his family purchased the property which included a small house. The ground had never been worked and Thornton cleared and worked the land. Over the passed few years, Thornton worked the land and remodeled the house making it not only a home for his family, but an opportunity to serve the community.
Spirit Pioneering Farm sells its produce locally to individuals as well as to a few restaurants in the area. The farm also provides a Community Supported Ag (CSA)Harvest Share program as a way to provide naturally grown, chemical free produce to the consumer in its most nutritious state. In this partnership program, the customer shares the risks and the benefits with the farm. Advance payment by the partners allows the farm to purchase needed seed and necessities to facilitate the upcoming harvest. Partners are then guaranteed a weekly share in the harvest of nutritious fruits and vegetables at a reduced cost compared to retail. Spirit Pioneering Farm offers different weekly rates of partnership to meet the needs of families in the Crossroads. Just recently, the farm started an “on farm” market stand once a week.
As of this writing, Spirit Pioneering Farm has an abundance of produce to offer. “This is a wonderful season.” states Thornton. “I love the winter season so much better for a few reasons. It’s more enjoyable to be out working…the insects are less, less insect pressure, less weed pressure. I just really enjoy it a lot more. I like nearly all of our vegetables, but the cooler season vegetables, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, much of the greens, they just grow a lot easier. Most of what we grow in the summer we can kind of get on the end of the fall season before frost comes also.” In addition to the acreage, the farm has a greenhouse where they start almost all of their own seeds and seedlings for transplant. “We do some direct seeding but we do a lot of our own transplanting for more control, more precision.” Although not USDA certified, Spirit Pioneering Farm follows all the USDA standards for organic produce. In addition to the vegetables and fruits available on the farm, pastured eggs and pasture raised heritage pork are also produced on the farm.
Along with the job of making this farm productive, Thornton has been remodeling the farm house on the property doing most of the work himself. With one child and another on the way, the Thornton family is busy making a home for their growing family. Thornton declares that it has been a real learning experience that stretches his faith.
The future looks bright for Spirit Pioneering Farm. Future projects may include teaching children about the ways of farming and other projects involving the community. Tyson and CJ Thornton desire to use the resources that God has given them and to be good stewards of the land. In this way they can provide freshness from the “farm to table”. Spirit Pioneering Farm is located on the Upper Mission Valley Road. They are open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. They can be reached by calling (361) 433-5583 or (979) 541-3853. More information can be found on their website at or on Facebook @SpiritPioneeringFarm.