Tirrell Centennial Farm is not, and will not be organic. Organic farming does not in and of itself denote anything positive. Simply being an "organic" farm does not entail that the product is tangibly different or produced in an alternative manner. In fact many are not. This subjective term has been kidnapped in order to ban some beneficial practices and encourage other counterproductive activities.
All that said, by grazing our animals we can say definitively (as these findings are backed up by scientific research) that our products have the following benefits for our customers and our community.
A Healthier Product
Numerous studies have shown that grassfed meat is leaner than grain-fed, with amounts of both fat and calories. In addition, meat from grassfed animals contains more vitamins A and E, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which have been shown to lower cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure. That is all good, but given its more intense flavor, what most people really remember is the taste!
A "Greener" Product
For ecologically concerned consumers, grassfed is a popular option for numerous reasons. Livestock grazing grasslands are a natural part of our environment. As a result, this natural production process entails very little environmental degradation. Grazing results in much less soil erosion and nutrient build-up and possibilities for consequent leaching that may result. Grazing also allows for improved habitats for wildlife, and management of riparian areas leading to cleaner fresh water supplies. It is even generally true that allowing animals to live outdoors and do the harvesting of the feed for themselves uses significantly less energy resources. Grassfed meat is not any shade of green, but the process by which it arrives on your grill certainly is!
A Closer Product
Just like for any good or service, buying local is a good way to keep dollars in the local economy. The same is true here, as your meat will be grown and processed a matter of miles from where you live. Grassfed meat is also closer in terms of the consumer to their food. When someone buys a quarter of grassfed lamb or beef, they know exactly where this product came from, and even from which animal. That may sound simple, but ground beef at many grocery stores may contain parts of more than 90 animals in one hamburger!