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Lauren Rosenthal
Cropped Out: Denton County's biggest farmers under siege

Cropped Out: Denton County's biggest farmers under siege

As they watch the juggernaut of urbanization spread its wings further and further across the once wide-open prairie, Travis Mitchell and his family are painfully aware that the 8,000 acres of farmland they lease in Denton County will inevitably succumb to the plow of development.

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Little Elm couple look to escape urban sprawl

Little Elm couple look to escape urban sprawl

When they moved to their ranchette in 1993, Shorty and Nancie Brunk cleared 10 acres of mesquite trees by hand. They lived in a 10-by-20 foot tool shed with their youngest son while their two-story ranch house was being built. Nancie and Shorty planned to spend the rest of their lives on that patch of land. But now, facing an incursion of commercial and residential development, they see a different future. For the sake of their sanity and the health of their livestock, the Brunks, now in their 60s, want to escape the upheaval enveloping Little Elm. They have put their property up for sale.