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Review of Wild Type Ranch by TexasRealFood
Discover Wild Type Ranch, overseen by the Mitchel family—Ralph, Sara, Eric, and Alex—in Texas. They nurture registered Black Angus and Red Angus cows primarily on 100% pasture grass, supplemented with organic grain feeds as required. Renowned for their 'Captain's cut' and top-grade marbling, their beef guarantees a delightful experience. Feel free to inquire about their CSA program, although the latest update was in May 2010.
Conventional farming, also known as industrial agriculture, refers to farming systems which include the use of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, as well as other inputs like genetically-modified crops, factory farming, heavy irrigation, intensive tillage and/or concentrated monoculture production. Conventional farming is usually contrasted to organic farming as the latter prohibits the use of chemical inputs and amendments.
The term “grass fed” (as opposed to grain fed) refers to meat obtained from cows that were raised on a diet of grass and other forage, such as clover; situated in pasture and, when fresh grass is unavailable, hay. This helps to denote the difference between livestock that has been raised in feedlots and generally fed a diet of soy and corn, versus animals that have had access to their natural feeding environment in pasture, which contains grasses, wildflowers, and herbs. This term overlaps with “pasture-raised” and will usually be seen together. Grass-fed beef is also believed to taste better, and be better for the environment, too. There are several organizations that offer a certification for Grass Fed, such as the American Grassfed Association, Certified Grassfed by A Greener World, and Pasture for Life, to name a few.
Some of the businesses listed in our directory will be using the same principles as Certified Naturally Grown farmers, but without the certification. Certifications can often be expensive and time consuming for most farmers to participate in, and therefore we feel it is important to acknowledge those who practice good land stewardship, without certification.
Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming. Some of its key focuses are topsoil regeneration, increased biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystems, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and improving the health and vitality of farm soil. Practices involved with regenerative farming include recycling as much farm waste as possible and adding composting materials from sources outside of the farm.
Pursuing an organic certification can be time consuming, expensive, and filled with paperwork. Many farms are transitioning to utilizing organic agricultural practices, but may not be ‘Certified Transitional’ or ultimately pursue an Organic certification. Farms marked with Transitional will still be working towards minimizing, and eventually eradicating, their use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other mechanical interventions that don’t meet with organic practices.
Slow Food is an international grassroots movement in more than 160 countries. Slow Food USA exists to facilitate and grow individual engagement in the movement, organize gatherings of the Slow Food network, direct campaigns to spread the Slow Food message, and build solidarity through partnerships with organizational entities both internal and external to the Slow Food network. Their goal is ambitious: good, clean, and fair food for all.
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA)
Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association is the leading voice of education and advocacy for organic food production in Texas. As a member-run, member-funded organization, it includes farmers, ranchers, gardeners, dairies, cheese makers, soil amendment producers, nurseries, food markets, farmers markets, educators, students, and more. Their mission is to educate producers and consumers on the many benefits of organic agriculture and to promote its use throughout Texas. They host numerous educational workshops and farm tours throughout the year.
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