Texas Mountain Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Alpine: Alpine - Urban Gardening

September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Dr. Ken Mix owned and operated Sown by Hand, a produce farm just outside of Indianapolis, IN from 1989 to 1996.  Sown by Hand supplied more than 10 grocery stores of a large local chain and top restaurant chefs in the region.  Depending on the season and year, the farm had up to 20 acres in cultivation with crops including heirlooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkins.  The farm was innovative for the early 90s, utilizing a European style intensive planting scheme and applying a single herbicide for grass control once a year.  Only once in the history of the farm was an insecticide applied.  At the time, this type of maintenance was known as 'low input agriculture,' and would be more akin to the familiar 'sustainable agriculture' system of today.  In 2009, he trialed the concept of micro-urban agriculture by starting a cut-flower farm in his 30x45 backyard.  The project produced approximately 6,000 cut flowers valued at nearly $20,000.  His agricultural background also includes nursery plants and greenhouse production.  This lecture will be valuable to all interested in gardening.

This program is presented by the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, and held on the campus of Sul Ross State University.


  • Lawrence Hall, Room 300
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Alpine, Texas
  • 79832



  • Free