I'm often asked how I became interested in grass fed meat.
I used to be a vegan – no meat, no eggs, no milk. What drove me to this life decision was learning where our grocery store meat came from, how the animals were treated and what they were fed.
Then I started dating my husband - a farmer!
I did not grow up on a farm but my father did, and I have fond memories of spending time at my grandparents' farm. I did have dreams of living in the country and being self-sufficient.
When my husband and I got married in 2002, we purchased our first home situated on 10 acres with a small fenced pasture, a hay field, and small orchard. My husband grew up on a farm and wanted to buy a calf to raise for our own beef. The vegan in me struggled with this, but I was comforted knowing that our bovine would have lots of fresh air, exercise, and green grass – everything those stockyard cattle were not getting.
Shortly after my son was born, I decided to start my own insurance business and operate it out of our home. It was a great decision – much better than my 1 ½ hr commute. Time I’d much rather spend with our new bundle of joy!
Spending so much more time around the house was great, but gave me a lot of time to think of the opportunities possible. It seemed a shame not to put the land to work for us and get us closer to our dream of making a living by farming.
After all, don’t we all strive to earn a living doing what we absolutely love? It’s a shame the activities we love should only be hobbies, done in our spare time.
Crop farming was not an option – way too much overhead, time, and land is needed in order to be profitable. We didn’t have an excess of any of these things.
A Hobby Farm magazine toting the benefits of Heritage Pigs on the cover caught my attention, and the rest, as they say, is history.
After much research, we purchased 2 registered Tamworth gilts, 1 registered Tamworth boar, and 1 Tamworth barrow for the freezer. We found Araucana chickens (also referred to as Ameracauna or Easter Eggers) to start our farming dream.
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirement of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
- Albert Einstein (1979 – 1955)
Food, Inc will change how you look at the food you buy at your local grocery store - a must see!!