(The above photo took place in the late 1930s here in Howard County, Texas. A neighbor was deathly sick so everyone ((including my great-grandfather, great-uncles, and grandfather)) helped pitch in to help plant his field.)
While typing these words, it is hard to believe I'm sitting in the house my great-grandparents built almost a century ago. Farming has shifted so may times in a century, but the bottom line remains a family still has to make a living economically in order to still maintain the lifestyle of a farmer.
In just the past decade, I've witnessed volatility in the commodity crop market, taking unexpected gains and un-explainable crashes. Meanwhile, our input prices continue to rise year after year including: labor, fuel, parts, services, seed, fertilizer, and anything and everything from tires to nuts and bolts to bearings.
Rapid increase in input prices coupled with unreliable market prices and drought inspired me to start Allred Farms (Herm and Holt Clothing Company) with my partner Jennie Holt. As we continue to wet our feet in the shallow and deep ends of the milling and fashion worlds, we stand strong and proud.
Both our historic and present blood, sweat and tears will make this company flourish and grow. While we still have several months until we will hold our cotton in the form of a finished cut-and-sewn shirt, we are having fun learning all the ins-and-outs of a new business. We hope that our story and our clothing will inspire you.