Nick grew up in Mississippi but the Hussa Ranch is his legacy. He is the 5th generation of one of the oldest families in surprise valley. Growing up, he cherished his time spent at Hussa Ranch with his grandparents. His deep-seated love for his family's legacy at the ranch continues to drive him today.
If Nick is the strong back Shaelene is the heart and soul of the sheep farm operation. She is a Mom to Finnley Hussa Tims; the next part of the legacy. She helps manage the animals, works as a Realtor, and keeps up with their small herd of dogs. A native Texan with a deep love for all creatures great and small; Shaelene brings an abundanc
If Nick is the strong back Shaelene is the heart and soul of the sheep farm operation. She is a Mom to Finnley Hussa Tims; the next part of the legacy. She helps manage the animals, works as a Realtor, and keeps up with their small herd of dogs. A native Texan with a deep love for all creatures great and small; Shaelene brings an abundance of energy and enthusiasm for their new adventure. As a mother to a lively two-year-old, she brings that same nurturing and patient spirit to her flock of sheep.
Shaelene and Nick, a dynamic duo met at Texas A&M University, one of the best agriculture schools in the country where they both obtained Bachelor's degrees in …Liberal Arts. Ha! Upon graduation, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas with new jobs in the corporate world. However, their love for mountains and open space lingered in their hearts and hoped to one day relocate.
Unexpectedly, Nick's mom called with some troubling news - the family ranch needed help, and the grandparents couldn't manage alone. Nick and Shaelene didn't hesitate to say yes, and began the cross country move to California where they’d leave their city lives behind.
They got rid of most of they owned, packed up their four furry friends, and headed West. They arrived at the end of 2019, right before the whole world turned upside down. The pandemic brought unique challenges to the young couple who’d just left their family and friends behind to start a new life.
The challenges weren’t over as the young family faced significant loss and change when due to a few health issues, Nick and Shaelene found themselves alone on the ranch. Though they wish they’d gotten more time, they are grateful for the memories they got to make with Finnley and his great parents.
Fast forward a little! Nick, Shaelene, and Finnley have jumped headfirst in to sheep farming. As they try uphold the legacy of their prominent ranching family, Shaelene and Nick are learning everything they can about sustainable agriculture, farming practices, and humane husbandry.
They weren’t born into the ranch life but they like to say they ‘got here as fast as they could.’