Four generations of Moore farmers have worked these fields and we aren't stopping anytime soon. Moore Family Farms was founded in 1920 when Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Corley and Annie Moore homesteaded just southwest of Dalhart, Texas. Despite the hard conditions of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, the Moores worked hard to support their 13 children. During his first years of farming, Mr. Moore mainly grew wheat and raised cattle & pigs.
After World War II, Bill Moore, the youngest of 13 children, returned home to continue the family tradition. He married Earleen, and together they purchased a farm east of Dalhart. Throughout the following 40 years, the farm began to see more diversification. With the help of his son, David, Bill farmed wheat, sunflowers, milo, corn, alfalfa, and watermelons.
David grew up on the acreage that currently makes up Moore Family Farms. He has great memories of his father, Bill, planting watermelons and sharing the fruit with their family in the summertime. The desire to return home to the land his father tilled before him drew David back to the farm after his college days.
Now accompanied by his son and fourth generation farmer, Matt, it remains a goal of Moore Family Farms to grow and provide quality crops to the public.
In 1983 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics at Texas Tech University, David and his wife Vickie moved to Dalhart to join the family farming operation. Vickie graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and has enjoyed over 30 years of teaching music in Dalhart. David and Vickie have three children: Ben and Kirsten of San Jose, CA and children, Joshua and Evelyn, Matt and Jordan of Dalhart and children, Walker and Emma, and Molly Smith and her husband Jeff of Dallas and son, Cohen.
Ben Moore, the oldest son of David and Vickie, graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He also earned his M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary. In 2009, he married his wife, Kirsten, who spent her childhood on a dairy farm in Hilmar, CA. They have two children, Joshua and Evelyn. The couple resides in San Jose, CA where Ben currently serves as the worship pastor and handles church communications at Garden City Church, and Kirsten works as a stay-at-home mom.
Matt is the second oldest son of David and Vickie. He is the fourth generation to assist on the family farm. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University, where he met his wife Jordan who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications. He and Jordan moved back to Dalhart the summer of 2016 after Matt graduated with a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The couple have two children, Walker and Emma. Matt assists David in managing farm operations and irrigation systems on the family’s acreage. Jordan stays home with their two little ones and takes pictures for Moore Family Farms.
Molly is the only daughter of David and Vickie. She earned a degree in commercial music from South Plains College, and her husband, Jeff Smith, earned a degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University. They reside in Dallas where Jeff works as a graphic designer for RightNow Media and Molly stays with their son, Cohen. Jeff also handles graphic design and web needs for Moore Family Farms.
Earleen currently resides in Dalhart after living on the farm with her husband, Bill, for over 50 years. She graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelors degree in home economics. She taught home economics for 4 years in Dalhart and owned Henry's Flowers for 20 years. She still enjoys spending time at the farm and checking on the land her family owns.