Our Home Place Meat, an initiative of The Berry Center, is offering exceptional meat to customers, ensuring stable income for small family farmers through good farming practices and a cooperative culture, and continuing the legacy of Wendell Berry’s agrarian vision.

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On this rolling ground, we are farming the way it the land is supposed to be farmed. The focus is on the community.

John Logan Brent

Henry County Judge-Executive, Our Home Place Meat Founding Farmer

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The Berry Center established Our Home Place Meat in 2017 to develop a cooperative for small to midsize livestock farmers to sell local meat to regional markets. Beginning in our home place – Henry County, KY – we are building a healthy food and farm model that can be replicated in communities throughout the country.

Rose Veal

Believing that food should reflect local culture, Our Home Place Meat features a culturally relevant product – Rose Veal. Kentucky has more beef cattle than any state east of the Mississippi River. Its rolling landscape lends itself to perennial agriculture of pastures and forage crops.

Rose Veal is the designation for milk fed, grass fed yearling beef calves. The calves are raised specifically for their quality meat. The rose color comes from their muscle development following their mothers around verdant pastures. Their meat is tender and more flavorful than commercial industry veal calves that are taken from their mother at birth, placed in a cage and fed formula.

Processing calves at weaning weight, a central trait of Rose Veal, was the regional tradition before industrial meat production encroached upon livestock farming. Under industrial systems, most calves are sent to distant feedlots where they live in crowded, unsanitary conditions, and are injected with antibiotics, steroids, and growth hormones. In contrast, Our Home Place Meat livestock is pasture raised and is ASH-free (no antibiotics, steroids, or hormones).

Our Home Place Meat calves are raised 100% on pasture, free to roam, with unlimited access to mother’s milk alongside the herd. Through farm visits and affidavits, we can guarantee that our meat is milk fed and grass fed with no antibiotics, steroids or hormones ever. By raising our milk-fed, grass-fed calves in a pasture environment, our animals lead a healthy, happy life.

“It all turns on affection,” said Wendell Berry in his famous 2012 Jefferson Lecture. Affection for creatures, for people, and for the planet – that’s Our Home Place Meat!


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Our Partners And Customers

“I just love that I can call and ask for specific cuts and Our Home Place can provide them typically within a few days. I can’t tell you how many cuts I’ve made from their veal. It is really excellent meat.”

Bob Perry

Chef In Residence, The University Of Kentucky

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Years Of History

Preserved in The Archive Of The Berry Center, informing agrarian thought and practice, helping to chart a way forward for sustainable farming and rural prosperity.

Young Farmers

Working towards a full-time, tuition-free sustainable farming degree right here in Henry County, Kentucky, in our Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College

Agrarian Books

Distributed by the Agrarian Literary League, a nationally recognized adult rural reading program from the Agrarian Culture Center and Bookstore at The Berry Center

Acres conserved

By Our Home Place Meat farmers, raising and processing the best livestock locally and humanely in a program based on the Burley tobacco cooperative model.

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