Aug 30, 2018
On episode 33 we welcome Ridge Shinn, CEO of Big Picture Beef -
a businessman making us all more regenerative through a smarter
regional production approach. In 2010, Time Magazine cast
Ridge as the original Carbon Cowboy. He lives that mantra
It's as fundamental as investing in animal well-being for the betterment of our planet's and your health. As the financial landscape in production continues to evolve, Shinn sees a sustainable business model for future meats being of more regional production - an approach that he believes others will soon follow. Founded in 2015 - Based out of Hardwick, MA - Big Picture Beef’s mission is to establish an environmentally sustainable and economically viable model of producing beef through managed grazing—no feedlots and no grain, ever. Shine & Big Picture envision a system that produces healthy animals, healthy food, healthy soils, and fair wages for farmers.
"We work with numerous farms in the region that produce young stock according to our standards. Then we aggregate these cattle for fattening on several large finishing farms, also in the region, that are staffed by skilled graziers. A variety of regenerative farming techniques, notably rotational grazing to foster soil health and fertility, are key to our success. We harvest the finished cattle and sell 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef and beef products to wholesale customers." - Ridge Shinn.
In our 40 minute conversation we discuss topics ranging from bioregions; consumer's role as change agents; drawdown; and one-health of animal, planet & consumer. Ridge offers insights into an operating model that seeks to be benefit diverse stakeholders interested in preserving a regional provenance, and commitment to a production approach. Decades of experience offers Shinn assurance that all of that hard work developing protocols in the fields are now queueing market interest. It'll be fascinating for all, but if you live in the Northeast - you should give it a listen.