The Berry Center’s Our Home Place Meat initiative is establishing a cooperative for Henry County, KY livestock farmers to sell to local markets. We believe that local farmers must be at the core of change. We are beginning at home in north-central Kentucky to build a local food model that can be scaled outward and replicated in communities throughout the nation. A collaborative project beginning with one product – Rose Veal – we are addressing fundamental challenges of creating local food economies—producing local food, establishing fair compensation for farmers, managing supply and demand, accessing markets, and responding to consumer values are only a few of the issues we’re addressing.
Our Home Place is a radical challenge to today’s unhealthy, industrial system of meat production. In contrast to industrial agriculture, Home Place is based on ecology and care—respectful animal husbandry, healthy landscapes, quality food, and thriving farm communities. Our Home Place Meat is also responding to the plain truth that, despite the trends toward organic, healthier foods, the industrial agriculture paradigm still dominates and has not fundamentally changed the economy and culture of farming.
A local food economy that is better for farmers, better for livestock, and better for the planet—that’s Our Home Place Meat.
“I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” - Wendell Berry, What Are People For?
Milk Fed. Grass Fed. Rose Veal.