When I first reached out to the husband and wife team of Tina and Orion Weldon, they were busy rotating their pigs. But hey, when you run a local farm, that’s what you do.
The Weldon’s own and operate TerraPurezza Regenerative Agriculture Institute and Farm located in Spicewood. Tina’s sister Karina is a co-owner and partner with them.
If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, regenerative agriculture means they use a collection of techniques to produce food while rehabilitating soil health, rebuilding native grasslands, and restoring natural water cycles. Livestock is pasture raised and rotationally graze on native grasses. They also focus on endangered heritage breeds like Red Wattle hogs from Texas, and Gloucestershire Old Spots from England.
Their vision for changing the way food is produced and how farmers relate to the land has guided them to their newest endeavor — Pedernales Farmer’s Market. In fact, TerraPurezza hosted the market for the first time last Sunday.
With support from their partner restaurant, Apis Restaurant & Apiary, and other local vendors, TerraPurezza is bringing a long-time dream to fruition.
Actually, make that two dreams.