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What do we raise on our farm?

  There are so many topics I want to cover and stories I want to share, so let's start with the basiscs. What do we raise on our farm?  Our farm is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We have plenty of rain, hot but not scorching summers, and anywhere from mild to severe winters. The landscape is rolling and rocks and trees are plentiful. The exact area we live in is best suited for cattle or small ruminants (sheep & goats).  We are beef cattle farmers! Nearly everything else we do (pasture & water management, hay production, growing crops, etc) all revolve around their needs. I grew up on a beef cattle, hog, & row crop farm in...

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Introduction: Meet Dr. Brendan & Elaine Martin

Hi friends! I am so excited to launch this new series of blog posts all about digging deeper into how your food is produced as well as sharing recipes and tips and tricks on preparing and enjoying beef. There are so many practices out there on how to raise livestock, fruits, and vegetables and knowledge is POWER. So, I hope you'll follow along as we share an inside look at how it's done on our family farm in Virginia.  I'm Elaine Martin, the face and creative guru behind Blue Cedar Beef.  I'm a 29-year-old Millennial living in rural American and agriculture is my passion! I grew up on a farm in the Midwest and have loved farming and being outdoors...

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