Into the Pasture: Grassfed Goes Mainstream
Carrie Balkcom grew up on a cattle ranch in Florida. In 2003 she returned to her roots when she became the executive director of the American Grassfed Association at its founding–and she’s been there ever since. AGA certifies pasture-raised livestock–and not just beef–and they help producers develop and sustain regenerative practices for the sake of the animals, the land, and the consumer.
The 2nd photo is of the kind of cowboys and land where Balkcom comes from. Photo courtesy of the founders of Rain Crow Ranch.
Biologist Eva Stricker works with hog farmer Zach Withers and rancher Emily Cornell to study—and quantify—how compost works to heal degraded agricultural lands. So far the results are promising.
Minor Morgan and Matt Draper are intergenerational farmers in Albuquerque’s North Valley. Cultivating diversity and healthy soil, their goal is to grow food that’s healthy for people and the earth.
Tejinder and Juliana Ciano founded Reunity Resources on land in Santa Fe where a veteran had grown food for the hungry. Now they have a thriving compost, farming, educational, and community organizing operation—all founded on regenerative principles.