About Mainstay

Our Beginning & Foundation

Our Beginning & Foundation


We moved here in 1989 because of a desire to live and raise our family in the country. We named our place Mainstay Farm based on the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Stand firm, let nothing move you, always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord knowing that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.”

We began growing Christmas trees six months later. It was at a Spring Christmas Tree Field Day that we learned that a mainstay is actually a bamboo stake used in the Christmas tree industry to hold a seedling up straight: it marks the seedling; it protects the seedlings roots from wind-waller; it gives the seedling stability, disciplining it so it will become what it is intended to be.

For our family, the Living God is the Mainstay of our lives. He is doing these same things for us. Encouragement to you wherever you are with your relationship with God. We are glad you are here.

— Jim and Marianna Wilson

Our Beginning & Foundation


We moved here in 1989 because of a desire to live and raise our family in the country. We named our place Mainstay Farm based on the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Stand firm, let nothing move you, always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord knowing that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.”

We began growing Christmas trees six months later. It was at a Spring Christmas Tree Field Day that we learned that a mainstay is actually a bamboo stake used in the Christmas tree industry to hold a seedling up straight: it marks the seedling; it protects the seedlings roots from wind-waller; it gives the seedling stability, disciplining it so it will become what it is intended to be.

For our family, the Living God is the Mainstay of our lives. He is doing these same things for us. Encouragement to you wherever you are with your relationship with God. We are glad you are here.

— Jim and Marianna Wilson

How We Found the Farm

Early Wilson Family Photos
Jim and Carmen at our new home, Christmas 1989. (Photo by Marianna)

We found our farm one Sunday afternoon while driving the country roads near Burleson. At the time Marianna and I only had one daughter, Carmen, 22 months old. We lived in Fort Worth but wanted to raise our family in the country connected with agriculture; this was our dream. When we came upon the place it was overgrown, had poor fences and a small farmhouse that needed attention. It was part of an estate vacant since 1985, formerly a peanut farm. Marianna wanted it the moment she saw it. But me?….. I loved our home in Fort Worth and was already comfortable with life as it was going. A self-inflicted financial stretch would be painful, I thought.

This was a serious decision and we earnestly prayed about it. Within three days we put a contract on the place contingent on the sale of our Fort Worth home. Ninety days later it had not sold, so we asked the landowner if he would extend again for 90 more days. “OK, just once,” he agreed. At the end of the 90 days, nothing changed. Marianna’s dad, an attorney-farmer in Tennessee, had an idea: call the seller and ask if he would set the closing for a firm date in 60 days?… “because we would have money by that time.” So that’s what we did. With this hard deadline, we asked God daily to bring a family who needed our home to come look at it. As our closing date came close, it happened. A family gave us a contract and and both closings happened within days of each other. After closing, we met the family and found out our home was a huge answer to their prayer as well.


Wilson Family Photo

How We Found the Farm


We found our farm one Sunday afternoon while driving the country roads near Burleson. At the time Marianna and I only had one daughter, Carmen, 22 months old. We lived in Fort Worth but wanted to raise our family in the country connected with agriculture; this was our dream. When we came upon the place it was overgrown, had poor fences and a small farmhouse that needed attention. It was part of an estate vacant since 1985, formerly a peanut farm. Marianna wanted it the moment she saw it. But me?….. I loved our home in Fort Worth and was already comfortable with life as it was going. A self-inflicted financial stretch would be painful, I thought.

This was a serious decision and we earnestly prayed about it. Within three days we put a contract on the place contingent on the sale of our Fort Worth home. Ninety days later it had not sold, so we asked the landowner if he would extend again for 90 more days. “OK, just once,” he agreed. At the end of the 90 days, nothing changed. Marianna’s dad, an attorney-farmer in Tennessee, had an idea: call the seller and ask if he would set the closing for a firm date in 60 days?… “because we would have money by that time.” So that’s what we did. With this hard deadline, we asked God daily to bring a family who needed our home to come look at it. As our closing date came close, it happened. A family gave us a contract and and both closings happened within days of each other. After closing, we met the family and found out our home was a huge answer to their prayer as well.

Our Great Staff

Our Great Staff


Families come to Mainstay Farm to have fun, so Mainstay’s culture requires our staff to have fun while serving our guests. We’ve figured out guests will have fun if our staff is having fun. When we recruit, we look for staff who love serving people with excellence. Knowing our core-values help potential staff members decide if they are a good match for employment with us.

Mainstay Farm’s core values are:

1. Honoring God by how we serve our guests and treat our coworkers.
2. The pursuit of excellence in every aspect of our guest’s experience, this includes what we build, how it is built and the values of the staff members we employ.
3. Promote a wholesome, safe family-centric environment.
4. Surprise and delight our guests with big, fun outdoor experiences.
5. Promote farming and agriculture so every visitor learns something.
6. Respect for all animals and the land we work.

We have three employee categories.
1. Christmas-tree Field Maintenance Team. These staff members work after school and during the summer. Mowing, working on irrigation systems and shearing trees.
2. The Field-trip Team comprises moms who work weekdays during October through December and in the Spring. These are our Pumpkin, Christmas, and Spring field trip seasons. Field Trip Team responsibilities include enthusiastically leading elementary classes on organized and fun educational days on the farm.
3. Seasonal Event Staff. We employ high school and college students to manage each of our attractions during seasonal farm operations: October Pumpkin Days, Christmas Tree Selling days, Spring Event Days and for Weddings and Corporate Picnics. To help ensure the safety of our guests, a background check is part of the employment process.

If you would like to know more about employment at Mainstay Farm email a letter-of-interest with your resume to bookmainstayfarm@gmail.com and put “Human Resources” in the subject line.

Young Life Ministry

Young Life Ministry

Young Life Ministry


Mainstay Farm is a financial supporter of Young Life Ministries. It is a great ministry and we’d like you to know about it.

One Saturday during our Family Pumpkin Days is always Young Life Day, during which 20% of the gate proceeds go to Young Life Ministries. Young Life (YL) is a Christian evangelical mission reaching high school students on many campuses in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. Fort Worth YL has over 70 volunteer leaders and 6 full-time staff members. The ministry was started by Jim Rayburn in 1939, who as a church youth minister saw the high school as a mission field. Rayburn believed “Every teenager has the right to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” He felt that if kids weren’t coming to their local church, someone must go to them.

The Wilson family gives to Young Life because we feel an urgency for kids to trust Jesus Christ as their personal savior. We know that Jesus is relevant for every day life.