The Wild Pastures Difference
Wild Pastures works with highly principled farmers in the USA raising their animals on lush pastures – the way nature intended. Our farmers value raising healthy, happy animals in a way that is humane, sustainable, and protects and restores the environment.
Our pasture-raised animals are part of a natural ecosystem. Our farmers use rotational grazing practices that mimic nature. Therefore, we do not need to use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics. This beautiful process doesn’t require the external resources required with environmentally-depleting conventional farming.
Many other providers source their meats from far outside of the United States. Instead of getting cheap meat from questionable sources and paying a premium on freight to bring it halfway across the world, we work closely with family farmers in the USA. This is a far more beneficial model for local farmers, our members, and the planet.
Whole Use, Zero Waste
In order to keep costs down we make every effort to optimize the use of the entire animal. We distribute various cuts evenly across our member base. But have no fear, we don’t include organs in your share and you will still receive cuts you know and love!
It’s Our Mission… Literally
Could we charge a premium for the quality of meat we provide? Absolutely. However, we wholeheartedly believe that nourishing, sustainable, pasture-raised meats are both better for our health and the environment. We want to help transform the meat industry. This means turning away from unsustainable practices which result in a nutritionally poor product toward a pasture-centric approach that provides nourishing food and helps restore the land.
Beginning in my teens, I suffered from IBS that no doctor could treat. After graduating from college, I moved to Los Angeles where I danced professionally and became a celebrity fitness trainer with the Tracy Anderson Method. It was during this time my health issues began to deepen. I looked pregnant after meals, my skin was breaking out, and I often felt anxious. I looked fit, but I was not well.
Frustrated by our lack of options, my husband went online to find a dietary solution. We eliminated processed foods and shopped at farmer’s markets and after over a decade of suffering, my digestive issues disappeared within 30 days. I was absolutely amazed!
In 2012 I was sent on a world tour with Jennifer Lopez. During my travels, it was difficult to find “paleo-approved” snacks that could fuel my workouts and keep my tummy happy. When I returned to the US, my husband and I (along with Matt Smith & Matthew Sobotka) founded Paleovalley, a whole food and supplement company devoted to providing high quality, sugar/gluten/dairy/GMO-free snacks that always prioritize health over profit.
After the birth of our son Maverick, we were inspired to find a way to make a bigger impact. In the sourcing for Paleovalley’s flagship product, our 100% Grass-Fed & Finished Beef Stick, we learned certain farmers were using ruminants to build soil health and sequester carbon. We saw this as a massive opportunity because we knew according to the FAO we only have 60 years of topsoil left. This meant Maverick’s generation would be left with a nutrient deficient food supply unless the soil health could be restored. The only problem? The price of grass-fed and finished products is often a huge barrier for consumers.
We knew we had to find a way to connect consumers with highly principled family farmers using regenerative practices at or near wholesale prices, so they could opt out of supporting factory farms and join our mission to restore soil and environmental health.
Wild Pastures was founded in 2017 as our solution. We joined forces with my brother in law, John Etchart, and source 100% grass-fed and finished beef (free from antibiotics, hormones and GMOs), and pastured chicken and pork from family farmers using regenerative practices and wild Alaskan salmon and deliver it straight to your doorstep at near wholesale prices.