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Encouraging Signs: A New Generation Stepping Up – Pasture Posts 75

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

As our direct-marketing efforts have expanded over the last couple of years it has required more team members and more from each member of our team.

Now our team is tapping into some new talent in the form of a willing new generation. Our goal at Watson Farms is for our farm to be one that the next generation can be passionate about being a part of. This often does not happen on family farms that rely on industrial methods as these farms operate on the tightest of margins while performing work in the filthiest of conditions. Our farm operated largely in this way before our transition to 100% pasture-based livestock so we have seen firsthand the detriments that the industrial system has.

There are definitely dirty jobs at our farm today, but at least they are usually broken up some from day to day by not-so-dirty chores. Industrial farms appear to be doing a great job of driving away the next generation rather than drawing the best and brightest. You can see some of the stories of this kind of thing in this article from about a year ago.

The fact is that through your direct support of our pasture-based farm, you are making Watson Farms more and more family-friendly. We believe that a farm should be, as our friend, Joel Salatin, puts it, “aromatically and aesthetically pleasing.” Farms should be operated in such a way that draws people to them instead of deliberately keeping people out as many confinement farms do. That includes being able to compensate the kids fairly and well enough to entice them to stay. For more information on this, check out Joel’s book Family Friendly Farming which completely changed my view of what a farm could and should be.

Thanks for your help in making our farm into a business that the younger generation can find a place in!

My niece, Kinsley, 13, played a huge role through several days of chicken processing this week. She caught on fast and kept up in the fast-paced environment. Thanks, Kinsley!

As soon as we had freed up some pasture shelters it was time to move a younger set of chickens into them so they have as much time as possible on pasture. We have the flocks placed tightly with little time in between older and younger birds, and we actually filled the shelters back up the same day that we emptied them. Thanks to Abby and Noah for their efforts!
Noah found a way he could pitch in on moving crates in preparation for catching chickens the next morning!

Product Spotlight

As the new school year gets closer and things get busier, a really convenient way to keep your freezer stocked with 100% grass-fed beef is with our Beef Family Bundle! It’s about 28 pounds of beef for a great price! Check it out!

For some of our recommended products, check out our Featured Product Page.  You might find something that you didn’t even know we had!


Help us spread the word!

It’s now easier than ever to Give $15 and Get $15 through our Referral Program.  We don’t spend a lot of money of advertising, but rather we focus on producing products that people love and are willing to tell others about.  So we depend on word of mouth to find new customers and ultimately to heal more land.  

So in an effort to streamline this process we have made it easier to tell others (via email, Facebook, or Twitter) about Watson Farms.  And it’s all automated on the backend, so you don’t have to rely on us to issue the store credits manually.  Just head over to our Referrals Page and start sharing!


We re-use packaging!

We’ve seen a good response to our efforts in re-using packaging! Thanks and keep it up.  

You can help us reduce our carbon footprint by returning your CLEAN egg cartons and meat boxes. 

The main reason that we switched to plastic egg cartons a while back was because they are so much more durable than paper which could only be used once.  They also protect the eggs much better!

So if you have some egg cartons or boxes to return, you can just place them on your porch on your home delivery day.  Farm pickup customers can, of course, drop them off when you come to pick up your new order.  

***We can only re-use OUR cartons or boxes. Please re-use or recycle other boxes or egg cartons elsewhere.***

We redact your personal information found on your meat boxes when we re-use them, but feel free to redact to redact it yourself without damaging the box if you would like.  

Thanks for helping us re-use our packaging!


Order Deadlines and Store Hours

Charleston Area: 12 noon Mondays

UPS Orders: 12 noon Mondays

New Deadline: Columbia Area: 12 noon on Wednesdays

GSP: 12 noon on Wednesdays

Charlotte/Fort Mill/Rock Hill Areas: 12 noon Fridays

Farm Pickup: Please wait until you receive an email stating that your order is ready to be picked up (usually 1 business day from when you place your order).  Farm pickup is done during store hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm
Closed Sunday and Wednesday


Did you know that we have a webpage that displays all the reviews we have received?  

Check it out!

Check out this ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review:

“This place is Brilliant! The best, most fresh pastured meats delivered to your door! We tried a small amount of the pork and beef a couple of weeks ago. It was outstanding! Today I received 1/4 of an entire pig! Yum! 30-40 pounds of mixed cuts and sausage, bacon, ribs and butts. Met the owner and Sam the new driver. Friendly, on time, you can’t go wrong here folks!”

We would greatly appreciate it if you would be kind enough to leave us a review.  It helps first-time customers purchase with confidence.


Thanks again for being partners in this endeavor of local, pasture-raised proteins that has truly transformed our farm.  We look forward to continuing this transition while serving you long into the future.

Sincerely,

The Watsons


Pasture Posts is written by Matt Watson.

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