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Regenerative agriculture promotes community – Pasture Posts #45

First of all, we hope you had a happy New Year, and we want to say how grateful we are for your support in 2021. We are truly looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that 2022 will bring.  

The new year is a time where many reflect on the past year, but I’m looking to take it a bit further with this edition and reflect on the past 100 years or so as they relate to agriculture.

Most of you are well-aware that industrial farming practices have drastically changed in the last century.  One of the most obvious ripple effects of this shift has become the absence of people on these farms.  We can see this phenomenon right here on our home farm in the 5 or 6 separate homesteads that can be identified and are in varying states of degradation. 

It’s pretty easy to imagine the bustling communities that must have existed in our area and many others around the country in the early part of the 20th century.  These sharecropper houses here on our farm were connected by a series of small, dirt roads some of which we still use today.  Each homestead consisted of a house and a barn in very close proximity. 

Notice the proximity of the barn (now fallen down) to the house.

This fact, by the way, directly contradicts what I was told by our county’s zoning department when we needed their approval for an electricity meter on our egg processing shed.  They insisted that having a farm operation so close to our house was not a proper use under the zoning ordinance.  We thought that was odd being that American farm families have operated their farms in their backyards for hundreds of years.  

But getting back to the discussion at hand, mechanization is largely responsible for the exodus of people from American farm landscapes.  Efficiency became the holy grail while homesteads, trees, and fences were bulldozed to allow for straight passes with wider and wider farm equipment.  

We like machines and technology and try our best to leverage them in responsible ways.  But we have to realize that those things can only take us so far, and where they stop is where human interaction can shine.  So as grass-fed beef and other pastured proteins have become somewhat more available in the last decade, we have chosen to focus not only on excellent quality, but also on excellent customer service.  The methods of production that we implement admittedly require more labor, but that simply means more people participating in daily land-healing activities.  

We believe that these things, in addition to being a farm that customers can actually visit and interact with, can begin to rebuild the vibrant rural communities that once dotted the countryside.  

So as we move forward into this new year, we very much look forward to deepening our relationship with each of you while serving you and your family with wholesome local foods from pastured livestock. 

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a quote from Joel Salatin’s book,  The Sheer Ecstasy of being a Lunatic Farmer:

“I think the greatest resource loss in America is not soil or virgin forests.  It’s the loss of people on farms.”

Joel Salatin

Here’s pictures of some of the homesteads that are on our farm.  Some are reduced to a pile of rubble, while some are actually still standing.  Each one had a house and a barn and some had a hand-dug well.  Some of the horse-drawn farm equipment is still there as well.  

Submit Your Food Photos!

We have added a page on our website that brings together all of the posts and photos from Facebook and Instagram that mention us (Facebook: @Watson Farms Pastured Meats, Instagram: @watsonfarmsbeef).

Or if social media isn’t your thing, then you can use a form on the webpage to upload your photo straight to us.

Whichever way you choose, we love seeing how our customers are using our products!

We have revamped our Referral Program!

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!

Product Spotlight

We are also a little heavy on our medium and XL eggs in flats.  They are sold by the case which contains 15 dozen eggs.  Stock up now!

20% Off Winter Apparel

We are also offering 20% off certain winter clothing items.  We have a full zip hoodie that we really like as well as some good looking long sleeve shirts and beanies!  Get ready for the cool weather while representing a local farm!  Use the button below to apply the 20% off coupon for the three items mentioned above.  

You can see ALL of our ON SALE products with the button below.

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

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.***

Thanks for helping us re-use our packaging!

Order Deadlines and Store Hours

Charleston and Columbia Areas: 12 noon Mondays

UPS Orders: 12 noon Mondays 

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:

I’ve been ordering from Watson’s Farm for about 3 years now. LOVE their subscription box. It’s an affordable option for our family to get most of our meat from a reputable source. I especially love the ease of farm pick up, and getting to interact face to face with our farmers. The quality of meat is everything one could hope for. It comes prepackaged, frozen, and the box is clearly labeled with each item and weight. I get the 15lb box, and on average I would say I get at least 5-6 different cuts of meat, usually from at least two animals– sometimes even all three (beef, chicken and pork) depending on the time of year. My cooking has become more flexible, and we get to try new dishes we may not have thought of before. I have never, ever had a problem with their product or service!

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.


The Watsons

Pasture Posts is written by Matt Watson.