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Grass-fed Grazing & Finishing: A Pasture Walk

  • Tierra Verde Farms 2212 Alliance Road Deerfield, OH, 44411 United States (map)

Grass-fed Grazing & Finishing:

A Pasture Walk

Dinner Prepared by Chef Jeff Crowe of Erie Street Kitchen

Join us on this in-depth pasture walk at Tierra Verde Farms. Topics of focus include Grass Finishing Beef, Body Condition Scoring, Forage ID, stocking density, multi-species grazing, the restaurant market and direct marketing.  A discussion on accessing the restaurant market will be held over dinner.

A Bit on “Grass-Fed”

WHAT DOES GRASS-FED MEAN?

Grass-fed means that the animal has been fed grass their entire lives. The USDA specifies that, to qualify as “grass-fed,” the animal has to eat “grass and forage” exclusively (after weaning) and must have “continuous access to pasture during the growing season.” 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Grass-fed systems have proven to be better for animal health, human health and environmental health. When managed properly, livestock can actually benefit the environment, and therefore the farmer, by building soil OM, carbon sequestration capacity, nutrients, etc as the native roaming herds such as the buffalo once did. Grass-fed meat is also creating a healthier, low-stress environment for the animal, and a more nutrient dense, lean product for the consumer.

WHAT IS THE MARKET?

Consumers are becoming more and more conscious about what is in their food and where it comes from. The local-food market is booming, and consumers and chefs alike are putting more time, effort and money into sourcing high-quality, ethical foods. Farmers markets, specialty stores, and restaurants are all hot markets for this type of product.


OUR SPEAKERS

Co-owner of Tierra Verde Farms with his wife Connie. They have been stewards of the land at Tierra Verde Farms for almost 10 years. They raise grass-fed cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, and chickens “as nature intended” using an integrative grass-based approach.

Co-owner of Tierra Verde Farms with his wife Connie. They have been stewards of the land at Tierra Verde Farms for almost 10 years. They raise grass-fed cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, and chickens “as nature intended” using an integrative grass-based approach.

Chef and owner of Erie Street Kitchen in Kent, OH. Erie Street Kitchen uses the freshest ingredients from local farmers and artisan producers to craft his menu, including meat and eggs from Tierra Verde.

Chef and owner of Erie Street Kitchen in Kent, OH. Erie Street Kitchen uses the freshest ingredients from local farmers and artisan producers to craft his menu, including meat and eggs from Tierra Verde.

Retired State Grassland Conservationist in Ohio for USDA-NRCS, Bob is the current owner of Green Pasture Services, providing beef and lamb products for market, Soil and Pasture Management Consulting Services, and Forage Seed & Electric Fencing Sales.

Retired State Grassland Conservationist in Ohio for USDA-NRCS, Bob is the current owner of Green Pasture Services, providing beef and lamb products for market, Soil and Pasture Management Consulting Services, and Forage Seed & Electric Fencing Sales.


AGENDA

2:00pm—2:30pm

Welcome and Introductions

 

2:30pm—4:00pm

Mike Jones on Farm Background and Vision, BCS, and Grass-finishing

 

4:00pm—5:00pm

Bob Hendershot on multi-species grazing management, fencing  options and innovations, soil health, & forage I.D.

 

5:00pm—6:00pm

Farm to Chef Dinner & Accessing the Restaurant Market Discussion

 

6:00pm—6:30pm

Networking opportunities

 

ABOUT
TIERRA VERDE FARMS

Tierra Verde Farm is guided by the principle “As Nature Intended.” Mike and Connie Jones raise sheep, cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys on their family farm in Deerfield. They strive to create a farm system that mimics that of the grazing herds of the great plains using rotational grazing and leader-follower techniques. Their animals are all on pasture in the months of may through December, and they only raise their free-range chickens and turkeys from April through November since that is when forage is available to them. Join us for this unique look into Tierra Verde Farm. Mike and Connie also keep bees and offer a raw-milk herd share. They sell their product on-farm through their farm store, at farmers markets, and to chefs looking to highlight locally sourced, humanely raised meats. Make sure to ask them about their livestock guardian dogs!

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