Category Archives: The Purple Gate Herb Farm

Who, what, where and how we became and are becoming the herb farm

Memories reoccur…

Love, Grief, Understanding For fifty two years of marriage I did not see so many things As they were— lost in our busy lives. Late at night I remember. A new understanding seeps through the dark. I see. His smiling … Continue reading

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Tlingit Children Memories Are Made Of This

Missonaries in Alaska during the 1940s-1950s taught Tlingit (SE Alaska Indian) kids this song. Jesus loves the Indian boy Bow and arrow for a toy Big Filipino, wee Chinese… Jesus died for all of these. Yes Jesus loves them, Yes … Continue reading

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Reuse-Reduce-Recycle

I lived in a rural area of Texas that had no garbage pick-up. We had to drive our trash to a dump.     One day I saw a metal water trough while unloading our trash. I examined it and saw that … Continue reading

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The Purple Gate Herb Farm Mini-hoop house

  Hooping It Up With a Versatile Structure for our farm. We found out that hog panels come in 16 feet lengths. This Feedlot Panel is very strong and won’t break down or collapse when cattle, pigs, sheep or other … Continue reading

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Paradise in Texas by Frank J. Dobie and Mary Mills

Frank J. Dobie said… The devil was given permission one day To make him a land for his own special sway, He put thorns on all the bushes and trees And mixed up the sand with millions of fleas. He … Continue reading

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Solar, Rain and Recycle

A Full Commitment to Sustainable Living We had a successful meetup at the Purple Gate Herb Farm, August 29, about our Solar Installation. All participants were very interested in Sustainable information. Catherine and I asked if anyone was interested in … Continue reading

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A Most Valuable Fruit for Texas

When I came to live in Bastrop County, we drove around to see the area. I was amazed at the large fields of prickly pear cactus everywhere. A lady told me that she had a neighbor that had acres of … Continue reading

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Progress in Aquaponic herb growing

In the picture above, my Husband, Bud was addressing the problem of drought by investigating a method of growing vegetables and herbs known as “Aquaponics”.  Aquaponics is a closed system that grows fish and vegetables for the table and herbs … Continue reading

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Herbal Seasonings Scents Draw People to the Table

  Mary H. Mills, The Purple Gate Herb Farm Many herbs make food taste great and add medicinal benefits to our diets. There are basic foods that provide healthful and tasty meals containing proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace minerals to … Continue reading

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What is Aquaponics-and how is it Sustainable?

I read a magazine article that described a project in one of the Carolina states, North or South? I don’t remember exactly the details. What I do remember is the project. It was called “Aquaponics” and the description just inspired … Continue reading

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