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Regenerative Farming Means Better Food

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February 13, 2024

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At Colvin Ranch, we've been raising grass-finished beef even before that was an actual thing. But the way we do it has changed significantly over the past 40 years as we've implemented regenerative agricultural practices that have preserved some of the last remaining native prairies in Southwest Washington and enhanced habitats for the other native and endangered species that call the ranch home.   

What we’ve found over the many years we’ve been doing this is that when you manage the land in a way that’s best for the native species in danger, like the Pocket Gopher and Golden Paintbrush, it's actually better for the livestock, too. We’re getting better forage, and better-quality grass which is great for the livestock. And that enables us to raise exceptional high-quality beef that we can share with our community.

For more about our holistic approach to ranch management promotes soil health, reduces erosion, and sequesters carbon, see this article from Experience Olympia & Beyond.  

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