The Quebe family continues to be
of the land.
As the fourth-generation owner of Quebe Farm, I am very proud that it was named a Family Land Heritage Farm by the Texas Department of Agriculture. When we received this recognition, we were already on a path to become more responsible land owners and managers of our abundant natural resources.
Our goals back then are the same goals we have today: to restore and maintain habitat for native species of mammals, birds, butterflies and plants using sustainable agricultural practices – and to share these magnificent treasures and our best practices with others.
To fulfill these goals for an 80 acre farm, we knew we needed a plan. I began my education in 2004 by contacting Larry Pierce of the Texas AgriLife Extension office. He was a wonderful source of information and he suggested that I take the Texas Master Naturalist course.
That same year I eagerly started on the Texas Master Naturalist course of study and changed Quebe Farm’s tax valuation status from Agriculture to Wildlife Management.
During the next few years of working with newly-learned methods, Quebe Farm flourished and our lives were enriched in many unexpected ways. One of the best surprises: our naturalist setting greatly enhanced the experience of our Guest House clients.
In 2010, I received the Lone Star Land Steward Award for the Blackland Prairie Ecoregion. It was a thrill to see our hard work recognized by professionals at the state level!
In 2013 I won a Wildlife Conservationist Award from the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District #348.
Some of my projects and practices are:
• Prescribed Burns with the South Central Texas Prescribed Burn Association
• Participation in a Cost Sharing Program with USDA/NRCS in 2013 for control of invasive brush and restoration of Riparian (Creek) Ecosystem.
• Management of 12 acre diverse native prairie remnant. TexasPrairie.org
• Hosting educational programs for Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M University, and local Master Naturalists, Native Plant Society, Texas Wildlife Association and others.
With advance notice I can be scheduled to conduct Eco-Tours of Trees and Prairies. Think wildflowers!
If you are interested in learning more about managing your property or Texas programs to help, we encourage you to use the links on this page. These websites will educate anyone interested in land management, nature and conservation.
These sites also make good reading for all Texans who love our great state. Take Care of Texas!
Charlotte von Rosenberg