We believe that all great food starts with healthy, happy animals that spend most of their lives on grass grown in healthy soils – the name Erba Verde actually means “green grass” in Italian. We raise great grass, and the animals do all the rest! Our animals are raised humanely with access to fresh air, clean water, and room to roam. They are fed certified organic grain as a supplement to their diet when needed.
Overall, grass-fed animals are better for our health, our planet, and the animals themselves. Grass-fed dairy, meat, and eggs are much lower in saturated fat and contain higher levels of polyunsaturated fats our bodies need for healthy cell growth. Grass requires less water and energy to grow than corn or other feed grains, making it a little easier on the planet’s limited resources. Most farm animals were meant to graze and wander freely rather than being confined to a feedlot, where many are given antibiotics to prevent infection and disease that can come from close quarters and grains they’re stomachs aren’t designed to digest.
To us, food is medicine. When we put good food into our bodies, our bodies are better equipped to fend off disease. There’s a health crisis in this country that can be seen in rising rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease – and it’s all being treated with prescription medication. Rather than facing decades of expensive, chemically derived drugs, our hope is that people will eventually shift their habits towards disease prevention and treatment by eating unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods. And when we grow, raise, prepare, and give thanks for good food together, it’s just good for our families and our souls.
For more insights on this topic, here are some of our favorite resources:
Polyface Farm, owned by farmer-activist Joel Salatin
Author-activist Michael Pollan
The Weston A. Price Foundation
Eat Wild – getting nutrition from modern food