About Us


Long-term Sobriety Built on the Foundation of Community

Addicts simply cannot participate in daily life, and this leads to a disintegration of both the self and the addict’s communities. Over time, addiction replaces community as family, friends, and professional relationships disappear. To reverse the path towards ever increasing isolation, Simple Promise Farms focuses on re-building communities that support sobriety.

Transformation Through Farming and Building Healthy Relationships

As a working farm, we support the development of life skills and the re-discovery of life purpose. As we care for and train rescue animals, keep bees, or sell our organic products, we also rebuild our lost connection to community.

Our mission is to support a life-long commitment to productive and healthy living through good, clean work and clean food. Our farm builds community connection through the power of empathy, teamwork, and giving back.

Meet the Team

Charles Mitchell

Executive Director, Ranch House Recovery

Before Chuck came to us, he managed staff and clients, business operations, and facilities development.

As Residential Housing Manager and Tech Supervisor for Recovery unplugged, Chuck managed facilities, technology, staff, programming, and client recovery progress. He helped develop and run their Detox Facility as well.

As Recovery Manager/RCT Supervisor for The Arbor Extended Care, Chuck managed operations, staff, family communication, and marketing activities.

Before entering the world of Recovery, Chuck was a Field Service Technician for FairfieldNodal. At FairfieldNodal Chuck supported salesman and marketers, trained multiple large technician crews, and managed supervisors.

Brandon Guinn

Founder, Ranch House Recovery

As President, Brandon owned and operated Red E Construction, serving both commercial and residential markets. He managed new construction and remodels. He has over 10 years of experience in planning, managing, and executing new construction, home renovation, and remodeling projects.

He’s also a franchise owner of Fit Kids America, an after school enrichment programs that make fitness fun.

Brandon has also worked for Austin Independent School District as a Special Education Teacher.

As a Fitness Director for Gold’s gym, Brandon outlined particular fitness programs that best fit his client’s current and future needs.
Brandon’s motivation for founding RHR comes from his experience as a parent affected by his child’s addiction.

Chad Goldwasser

Board Member, Simple Promise Farms

A real estate broker and CEO of Pure Gold Realty, Chad understands how to manage his energy for business success.

A co-founder of Right Course, a non-profit organization helping single-parent families for their children to participate in organized sports, Chad understands the value of helping people build a positive community.

Chad’s written books on networking and having a powerful mindset. He also mentors real estate professionals to help them overcome their barriers to success.

Chad also has applied his healthy mental habits to maintaining sobriety.

Michele Martin

Board Member, Simple Promise Farms

As a neonatal nurse, Michele cared for families in trauma, offering healthcare as well as empathy and emotional support.

As a woman who has raised horses and shows dogs, Michele knows the power of the animal-human bond.

As a grandparent of a 10-year addict, Michele knows what families go through when a loved one is lost to addiction

Derek Rowan

Board President, Simple Promise Farms

As a Director of Nursing at Austin Premier Surgery Center, Derek assesses treatment outcomes and monitors all aspects of treatment.

At Arise Healthcare, Derek held the Director of Quality and Risk position where he was responsible for quality programs and maintaining state, federal and Joint Commission regulatory compliance.

Derek also spends his time investing in the next generation of healthcare providers. As a Training Center Coordinator and Part-time Faculty member at Austin Community College, Derek instills a passion for delivering excellence in quality of care in healthcare students.
Derek’s own experience having addiction affect his family life has inspired him to apply his expertise to our individualized treatment plans.


Transforming the Mind, Body, and Spirit through Meaningful Work

Simple Promise Farms cultivates the deep, meaningful relationships that support ongoing sobriety and long-term recovery.

Realizing Our Power to Create Positive Impact

Farming requires deep connections with ourselves, other people, animals, and the earth. Working in the soil and caring for animals, we develop positive life skills and healthy habits. We complete the tasks of farming, and our self-esteem grows. We show up everyday to create and sustain life, and our purpose deepens. We no longer see ourselves as dysfunctional, broken, or weak. We trust ourselves to see our work through, from start to finish.

Empathy, Giving, Receiving, and Giving Back. The New Way of Life

Compassion and empathy for rescue animals becomes compassion and empathy for ourselves. Working productively with others becomes the new normal. Sharing the fruits of our labor for the benefit of others deepens the value of our work. We build a new life that feels so good, we want to keep doing the work to stay healthy and to stay sober.


Long-Term Recovery Begins with Healthy Relationships

Farming builds the body, character, and connections between people.

Farming requires responsibility and structure to create products and sustain life. As we work together to promote life, we connect to a purpose greater than ourselves. Driven by purpose and life skills, we become healthy people capable of building healthy relationships and healthy communities.

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