Who We Are & What We Do

Bill and Debbie Rutter have transformed their ordinary backyard in Midland, TX, into a working urban farm, where they grow fresh organic produce and herbs year-round. They sell tomatoes, onions, garlic, chard, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, beets, salad greens and more at the farm on Saturday mornings at the local Midland Downtown Farmer's Market from April – October and at several local restaurants.

The Beginning

In 2005, when the house next door to theirs came on the market, the Rutters acquired the home and personally tore it down by hand to enable the use of the land as a garden, for cold frame greenhouses and a workshop. Being ardent recyclers, Bill and Debbie re-purposed most of the materials from the demolition into the new structures and pathways, and so began Dragonfly Farms!

About The Farm

The organic garden is intensively cultivated year round, with the best crops being produced during the cool months. During the winter months, the Rutters will grow more than 50 or 60 different vegetables in their garden. The heat is really hard on the crops, so much of the garden is covered during the summer with 30% and 40% shade fabric to help mitigate the effects of sun and wind.

Keeping It Fresh

Seasonally, the Rutters travel to Vermont where they go to organic berry patches and orchards and pick apricots, tart cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and apples. They preserve it and then drive the 2,121 miles back to Texas to sell these wonderful preserves at the farm and farmers' market.