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Elm Mott, Texas
Elm Mott Texas History:
The area was settled shortly after the Civil War by the Long and Christian families and other farming families. The Geneva community grew up around the cotton gin and general store. It was renamed for a nearby Elm Grove when the post office was granted in 1872. The community’s growth was stimulated when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad began serving the town in the early 1880s. The town is unincorporated. Elm Mott is located at the intersection of IH-35/U.S. 77 and FM 308 (Leroy Parkway), approximately 6 miles east of the Brazos River, 28.7 miles southeast of Laguna Park and Lake Whitney, 24.3 miles south of Hillsboro, 9.8 miles south of West, 24.4 miles northwest of Mart, 9.6 miles north of Waco, 5.6 miles north of Bellmead, and 14.5 miles northeast of Woodway, Texas.
Homestead Heritage, Brazos de Dios, Texas:
This homestead community of approximately 1,000 religious members lives on 510 acres on the Brazos River near Waco. They have embraced the simpler life of earlier times by choosing to live off the land and to complete some jobs without modern machinery. They till the fields with horses and plows. They use complete some other jobs such as cheese making by using a combination of modern machinery and older techniques. They have dismantled and moved a large number of 19th century buildings from New England to their land where they reassemble them. The 1760 water powered Homestead Gristmill produces fresh ground whole grains including three types of wheat, corn, oats, rye, spelt, rice, buckwheat and soybeans. They use these products to create a variety of cereals and baking and cookie mixes which they sell in their general store. They use cow’s mile to hand make over 20 hard and soft Brazos Valley Cheeses including jack, Havarti, cheddar, blue, brie and mozzarella. The smoked cheeses are smoked for at least two months over pecan shells in their restored 1860s smokehouse. The Homestead Heritage Cafe offers weekly menu specials include sandwiches, soups, salads, brisket and sausage plates, homemade ice cream and pies, and delicious grass fed beef hamburgers on buns made out of flour produced by their gristmill. It also sells homemade breads and pastries which they sell in their general store. Their blacksmith shop produces metal products which are used by the community and are sold in their store. The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture teaches agricultural skills, fiber crafts, kitchen skills, woodworking classes, traditional crafts, and woodworking skills. Their Heritage Restorations unit locates, restores and re-erects historic timber frame buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries including barns, houses, hand hewn log cabins and mills. They create and sell fine handcrafted furniture. This crafts village makes crafts using traditional techniques instead of using machinery, and offers lessons in beekeeping, canning, soap making, quilting, weaving, spinning, gardening and traditional farming techniques. The General Store sells outdoor items such as wagons and sun ovens, cast iron and other cooking items, garden and farming tools, arts and crafts, metal works, cheeses, hats, books, and a variety of products needed for making cheeses, breads, soaps and other household items. They host the annual September Sorghum Festival and the annual Homestead Craft and Children’s Fair in November. Open year round for events, online and onsite courses, activities and tours, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; closed Sundays. Classes include beginning furniture making, wood turning basics, weaving, sewing, canning and preserving, cheese making, and more. (254) 754-9600.608 Dry Creek Road. The Homestead is located 9 miles northwest of Waco, and 5 miles west of IH-35 and Elm Mott, Texas.  Email  Directions Map   
World Hunger Relief Farm:
This Christian organization sells free range eggs, farm raised goat and beef meat, sausage, honey, pecans, and vegetables. Farm tours are available for $5 per person. Products are sold in their downtown Waco Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, 9am-1pm. (254) 799-5611. 356 Spring Lake Road. Village Store, Sat, 10am to 3pm, and weekdays, 9am-4pm.
Annual World Hunger Relief Farm Camp:
The camp is held during the summer. Partial scholarships are available. (254) 799-5611.  
Annual Labor Day Sorghum Festival, Homestead Heritage, Brazos de Dios in Elm Mott, Sept:
This Labor Day event features traditional sorghum cane pressing with a horse powered mill. The cane juice is boiled down to sweet syrup. Activities include hayrides, craft demonstrations in the barn and the shops, make your own crafts stations, tours, wheat and cornmeal grinding demonstrations, gardening and bee keeping seminars, fresh baked goods, and live music. Admission is free. (254) 754-9600. 608 Dry Creek Road, 76705. Brazos de Dios is located five miles north of Waco. Directions: From Waco, take IH-35 north to Exit 343 (Elm Mott) and go west (left) on FM 308. Drive three miles and then turn right onto FM 933. Drive 1.5 miles, and then go left on Halbert Lane and drive 0.5 miles to the Homestead.
Annual Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo, Oct:
Activities include a livestock show, a fair, rodeo and parade, the All American Pro-rodeo Finals, live music, creative arts displays, demonstrations and competitive events, the annual Weiner Dogs Nationals, gift giveaways, a talent contest, and commercial vendors. The box office is open Mon-Fri, 8am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. (254) 776-1660. This event is held at the Extraco Events Center a t4601 Bosque Boulevard, Waco, Texas 76710. A free shuttle from Bosque Square runs daily during gate hours. Email 
Annual Homestead Fair, Fri-Sat of Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov, Elm Mott:
This 2 day Thanksgiving weekend event features multi-cultural food booths, gift vendors, children’s craft area, and fine crafts and heirloom skills demonstrations. Activities include milking cows, lending a hand at the old-fashioned timber frame barn raising, watching a master craftsman fashion a fine Windsor chair straight from a rough log, harnessing draft horses, soap, pasta, soup and cheese making, bee keeping, sheep shearing, boot and broom making, horse farming, woodworking, basket weaving, rope making, boat building, combing wool and spinning, a hay bale maze and other kids’ activities, and listening to gospel and blue grass music. 2016 activities include a barn raising. Food and homemade gift items are available for purchase; a favorite is the straw brooms. Admission is free. A fee is charged for some activities. (254) 754-9600. This event is hosted by Brazos de Dios, 5 miles west of IH-35. From Waco, take IH-35 north to Exit 343 and go west (left) on FM 308. Drive three miles and then turn right onto FM 933. Drive 1.5 miles, and then go left on Halbert Lane and drive 0.5 miles to the Homestead.
Cafe Homestead at Homestead Heritage, Elm Mott, TX:
(254) 754-9604. 608 Dry Creek Road, Elm Mott, 76705.  Reviews