The Chrisenberry's

The Farm

Agápē (ah•GAH•pey) is the word for the truest, purest form of love; God’s love.

Brian and I stumbled on to this property in the Sam Houston National Forest by pure luck…it was one of those “God Things.” The house was old, like your great grandma’s house type old. No central  a/c or heating, no insulation. Unsealed windows, which means whatever  seasonal bugs are out and about also become your roommates (think:  lovebugs, flies, Asian beetles, wasps, scorpions, etc). Pier and beam  floors that creak with every step and whatever the current weather is  creeps up through the cracks chilling or heating your toes. The  buildings are run down, pasture untamed and over-ran with 100 years of hoarding from the previous owners. It was love at first sight. Looking back, I see how ridiculous it seems, but we called our realtor  from the property and begged her to put a contract on it before we’d  even seen the inside of the house. She delicately talked us out of that  (because she’s good at her job) but we knew it’s where we were supposed  to be.

The truth is, at no point in our, so far, 10 years of marriage did we plan to have a farm. Quite the opposite actually, having grown up on a cattle farm, my  husband swore he’d never choose that life. But God slowly and quietly  led us from one thing to another, He gently guided us in His way and for once we listened (many times unknowingly). Before we had even  signed our names on the closing documents, we felt the culmination of  many difficult years, along with many beautiful trauma blessings, and  God leading us to this place…we unintentionally began calling it The Agápē Farm. God’s love brought us here.

So here we are, not really knowing the first thing about farming!  Brian handles all the farm projects, demo, repairs, re-building, pen  & paddock maintenance, land clearing and cleanup. In addition to ALL  of that, he home schools our kids. Meanwhile I, Brandi, have an  unconventional “9-5” running a business and when I’m not doing that, I  manage our animal husbandry, handle daily animal snuggle sessions, along  with livestock record keeping, research and farm planning/organization.  Our children have become huge contributors to our success and  motivators for all the crazy things we decide to take on.

Together we dream big and stress about how to accomplish those dreams or we get excited about them, it just depends on the day.

Today, our primary goal is to have a homestead where  our family can be self-sufficient growing, loving and then humanly  harvesting our own food. Tomorrow’s goal is to somehow take what we’ve  learned or anything we have to offer, be-it the food itself, farm life,  employment, access to the animals, farm tours, farm knowledge, a  sanctuary, retreat or farm boot camp and create a ministry. We are  anxious to grow what we love into something other people can love.

All that said, we have no clue what the future holds for us and this  rickety little farm we’re building but we feel like He’s got us right where He wants us.

The Ministry

It quickly became clear to us that people from all walks  of life desired and needed fruits of the farm over their over produced, overly processed, excessively transported and packaged grocery store options. Find out how we are getting local farm fresh food to local families at Two Tables