Into this picture Dale also brings his son, Will. Will is following in his dad’s creative steps by learning to play guitar and enjoying creating things like tie-die and screen printing his own t-shirts designs. He also loves all the animals, especially the cute fluffy babies! Will is particularly adept at coming up with fun names for each animal. In the first year one of the chicks turned out to be a very uniquely colored and beautiful Americana rooster. Will said, “He needs a rock star name to go with his rock star appearance. We’ll call him Austin Marago!”
Nita began life on the ranch of her grandparents in central Arkansas. Later, in Idaho, she joined 4-H and FFA where she showed dairy cows and judged livestock. Following High School, Nita joined the US Marine Corps where she served on Active Duty for over 13 years achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. She retired from the Army National Guard having served 20 years. After being away from Idaho for too many years, Nita returned “home” where she and Dale were introduced by a mutual friend who said often, “You two just talk the same talk.” Having grown up with livestock, Nita brings her love of animals into Dale’s garden. She has rediscovered an old dream of animal husbandry. With our registered Highland cattle and some rare heritage breeds of chickens, Nita will finally get to play by selecting the best of the best livestock for breeding.
Dale grew up wandering the woods around his native home in SE Missouri and playing bass in local bands. It was there in the woods that he learned to identify plants. He would transplant many from the deep woods into the yard around his family home. This really established his love of gardening. In the years that followed, Dale learned to cook and loves creating wonderful dishes from the plants he grows. Dale particularly loves HOT peppers, the hottest peppers known. Because these plants are hard to come by, due in part to their very long growing time, Dale will be growing a variety of the world’s hottest pepper plants and extending their growing season inside the greenhouse.
Wind Ranch’s name comes from the combination of all our initials: Will, Nita, Dale… WiND.
It also reveals the very nature of the ranch as the wind is always blowing here like the nature of our God whose breath blows through our beings giving us life and whose creativity inspires us!
The pasture covered in snow; Jan 2017.