Meet Your Producers & Staff
Mark & Stacey Wilkes
Mark and Stacey live in the center of three great farming communities: Sundown, Meadow, and Brownfield. Because they are farmers, it encouraged them to live in the country on their farm where one can have a traditional farm life. Some benefits and blessings to living in the country are you can raise your own animals, garden, and teach the next generation where everything comes from and how to care for
it. The cherry on top for Mark and Stacey is the slow, peaceful, quiet evenings that allow them to reflect upon God and appreciate what He is allowing them to manage for a short time. These blessings, along with night time star gazing, makes them feel privileged to have the honor of it all!
Tony & Shirley Martin
Tony grew up on a farm and is able to say that the best days of his childhood are still going on today. Farming is a way of life to Tony, not just a job. He never wakes up in the morning dreading work. Tony states that he, “loves the challenge and diversity that each day brings.” Both Tony and his wife, Shirley, come from generations of farmers- it truly is part of their DNA!
Jimmy & Susan Wedel
“I love being an organic farmer because I enjoy the challenge of working with nature instead of applying chemicals and synthetic fertilizers. I enjoy helping others get started in this "new" method of farming, sharing my techniques, and helping them solve problems related to organic farming!”
“My love of farming started early in life. I was raised on a farm in South Texas and have been driving tractors since I was 6 years old. The joy of problem-solving is what motivates me. It is really enjoyable and gives me satisfaction to build equipment and work with others in trying to be a better steward of the land.”
Jeremy loves to farm because he has the opportunity to steward God's creation. Jeremy states, “There is nothing like seeing the fruit of my labor.”
When asked what farming means to her, she explained:
At the core, it is about life. It is a way of life, living with the land, and a way to honor life. This life is life in the soil, for the farm, for the family, for the community, and ultimately for our whole world. We are an ecosystem and what do we impacts the whole. For me it also runs deeper than that! it is a part of my faith and I know people of other faiths that share my faith from other walks of life. I am a Christian, and I serve a living God.
2 Chronicles 7:14 … if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)
The land is alive and full of life! It is something that can be damaged and in need of healing. It is something we need to care for – to which we have been given stewardship. We need to take our responsibilities seriously.
Kayla is the social media manager for TOCMC. When she's not behind her camera or at her computer editing content, you can find her on Carl Pepper Farm helping with tractor driving, paperwork, or a plethora of other things.
Kendall, a 4th generation farmer, has been blessed by God who has given him the opportunity to take care of the land through farming. Kendall states, “I enjoy the challenges that farming brings from day to day. I consider farming a way of life rather than a job. Family is very important to me and is critical to the daily farming operation. It takes everyone to get it all done.”
Meet Anita Morton, TOCMC Customer Service Coordinator and Kelly Pepper, TOCMC Manager. "As TOCMC's staff, it is our goal to provide our customers with the quantity and quality of cotton that they need, when they need it. Because we are a cooperative of farmers (whose production can vary significantly due to weather factors) dealing directly with mills and brands (that need a constant supply), open communication, planning, and coordination are essential. We are blessed to have some wonderful customers to work with who purchase our cotton and support our US organic cotton farmers.