United States of America, Texas, Jefferson, Beaumont
Crenshaw Farm (Beaumont, Texas)
Located on 38.5 acres in southeast Texas, the Crenshaw Farm combines private living and public space for the benefit of the community. The property is divided by a road. A private home and garden is located on the north side of the road, and on the other side is 8.5 acres devoted to an organically sustainable garden and orchard, known as the Brooks Road Community Garden.
The 30 acre tract was virtually treeless rice farmland, which was purchased in 1999 . By 2002, a Tuscan-style home and extensive landscaping was completed. In 2004 the owners bought and transformed the grounds into the European-style farm setting that exists on the property today. The property's once treeless landscape is now a picturesque vista enhanced by red maple, live oak, pecan, Italian cypress, bald cypress, and sycamore trees. The owners had help from landscape architect Rosa Finsley, who encouraged them to install over 1,200 linear feet of English-style garden borders on both sides of a wooden fence along some edges of the property.
The 8.5 acres across the road is where the goal of repurposing the barren rice farmland continues. The garden on this tract of land is raised organically and people from the community are welcome to visit, work in the garden, and to take produce. All extra food gets donated to local soup kitchens. The 8.5 acres was purchased in 2010, and construction on a kitchen-barn began in 2013. Since 2014 a modern greenhouse, wood fencing, brick drives and walks, two ornamental antique barrels, storage buildings, a chicken coop, and bee hives have been added to this side of the property. Crenshaw Farms' greatest accomplishment has been replanting the depleted rice field.
Persons associated with the garden include: Randolph Lombardo (former owner, 1999-2004); Rosa Finsley (landscape architect, 2004).
The folder includes worksheets, feature map, plant list, photocopied article about the property, and a printout from the property's website.
This property is featured in "Viva Southeast Texas" Magazine, vol. 3 issue 4