Jake Rutherford Photography

Raising Farm & Family

Embracing a mission to establish a Mennonite community in Cuba, Missouri, Nathan and Ruthann Mast transplanted their family of five children and farm from Summersville, Missouri.

Nathan’s red angus cattle operation includes raising chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits, semi-wild turkeys, horses, and maintaining a garden. He hopes to eventually become a direct-to-consumer beef seller, while expanding his existing 140-acre homestead. Ruthann tends to the household, garden, and children, while the two eldest boys have an increasing responsibility over the small animals as they grow older. After thirteen years of marriage and two pre-fabricated houses, the Masts are building their own home.

Assignment developed, photographed, edited, and published as a participant during the 68th Missouri Photo Workshop in Cuba, Missouri.