Kathy and Ken Lindner humanely raise 100% grass-fed bison at Heritage Ranch in Northern California.
Matty and I have been buying their bison for the past year and a half, from their table at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Through our shopping trips, we got to know them face-to-face, and I can say without a doubt that they’re the real deal. They left the corporate world behind to raise their bison, and they care deeply about the welfare of their animals and the impact their ranching has on the animals, the land, and the community. Last year, when I told Kathy about October Unprocessed, she enthusiastically contributed a guest post explaining their 15% Steak Rule - which I personally have found to be a powerful and lasting paradigm shift. And, we proudly served their bison at our wedding.
Unfortunately, their ranch is now dying.
In April their 34-year-old, 600-foot-deep well failed, and without it they’re not able to irrigate their fields to grow grass for the bison to eat. Having already spent their life savings to get where they are today, they cannot afford to replace the well on their own — it will take $150,000 — and they haven’t been able to secure a loan. Instead of lush pasture, the fields are now fallow. The Lindners have to purchase up to a ton of hay each day in order for the bison to survive, tripling their expenses. They simply cannot afford to keep going without water, and the ranch is dying.
As a last-ditch effort, they’ve created an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the well. If they don’t meet their goal, they’re going to have to shut down and sell the herd. They will lose their business and everything they have worked so hard to achieve, and the bison will have to be sold and will go to feedlots instead of pasture.
These easy Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones are perfect for bringing to your next holiday party… or any party, for that matter! They’re moist and fluffy, a little chewy, with a sweet/tart punch from the raspberries. Oh, and did I mention they’re whole-grain?Continue Reading →
I know, I know: Holiday gift guides are lurking in just about everywhere corner of the internet these days. I’m adding my own list because, well, I just can’t resist! I really enjoy seeking out new/interesting/useful/pretty kitchen and cooking items, so I hope you’ll find something worthy in this list for your loved ones (or for yourself!).Continue Reading →
This Smoky Green Bean Casserole with Smoked Goat Cheddar and Fennel will be my contribution to the holiday table this year. (Don’t tell anyone, but it’s actually really easy to put together!)Continue Reading →
Well, we did it!! What a month it’s been. At last count, 15,543 people signed the October Unprocessed pledge, more than 2,000 people joined our vibrant Facebook Group, and we shared 44 guest posts throughout the month.Continue Reading →