RI@Work: Pat Beck, New England Grass Fed
Pat Beck isn’t your typical farmer. His farm is literally scattered all over Rhode Island. What he does is called “contract grazing.” He leases unused (and suitable) land from landowners and places several young heads of cattle there to grow before they’re (as humanely as possible) slaughtered and prepared to sell at farmer’s markets all over the state. He raises and sells all cuts of beef, pork, as well as rabbit. Beck works directly with many local restaurants who value locally and thoughtfully produced meat, and sells direct to them as well.
Pat says, “We are dedicated to producing the finest 100% grass fed beef, lamb & rabbit with the help of our local grazing partners. Our animals are raised with respect and grown to their highest potential. We accept the gift of their lives with gratitude. Local beef supports the local economy. Farmers generate income, pay taxes, raise families and keep the land productive so fields don’t become house lots.”
I spent a day with Pat Beck where I was able to see most pieces of the process firsthand, from the farms to the meat packing facility. It’s nice to see someone who is so concerned about and aware of the product he produces, he truly cares about what goes into bringing such high quality food into his customer’s home. This beef is amazing.
Be sure to check Pat Beck and his herd out at http://www.newenglandgrassfed.com/
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