Material Handling

When trying to change some aspect of the farm it’s usually better to use animals than machines. Putting cows and sheep or pigs onto a patch of goldenrod will turn it to productive pasture over the course of a couple grazing seasons. While not as fast as plowing and planting, this approach also doesn’t require machines, diesel, and expensive seeds. …

Garth BrownMaterial Handling

Organic and Grass-fed Fraud, or, Let’s Just Call It Farming

Back in August I got a call from a fellow farmer who lives a few valleys over. We chatted about cows and grass, and when I mentioned that our vegetable garden was having a rough year, she said, “It’s hard, but you have to grow your own. You can’t trust anything from the store.” Such suspicion of the food system is …

Garth BrownOrganic and Grass-fed Fraud, or, Let’s Just Call It Farming

100% Grass-fed Beef

To me, 100% grass-fed and finished beef means our cattle never eat grains or grain byproducts at any time in their lives. I wish there was a way to convey this to (new) customers succinctly and in such a way it wasn’t necessary for further explanation and questions. I wish the term “grass-fed” conveyed this level of production rigor. My cattle …

Edmund Brown100% Grass-fed Beef

Why Buy from Cairncrest Farm?

When you purchase grass-fed beef, lamb, or pastured pork from our farm, your support makes a difference: ~Fertility goes to feed healthy, verdant New York pastures instead of hypoxic dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. ~Cows live in a herd eating fresh grass and hay instead of finishing their lives on a dirt feedlot eating corn. ~Pigs root, …

Garth BrownWhy Buy from Cairncrest Farm?
two grass-fed beef cows and a grass-fed lamb ram sitting in a group.

Our Ram Sparky is a Neurotic Mess

Our ram Sparky is deeply strange. He has a shaggy beard, and this time of year his thick winter coat is shedding out in uneven clumps that drift across the pasture, like thistle seeds come two months early. His burly trunk coupled with twig legs make him look unbalanced. He has the proud, Roman nose and uncomprehending gaze of a …

Garth BrownOur Ram Sparky is a Neurotic Mess