Since 2001, Keller Crafted has worked to understand the intersection of farming systems, production regions, product quality and human character.
We partner with some incredibly dedicated farmers. These guys are the real deal—tested, vetted and trusted over the years, sharing our steadfast commitment to always do the right thing, and then some.
We’re also partners with our consumers. We’re in this together, transparent in our process and responsive in our relationship, as we deliver the most nutrient-dense, most delicious offerings we can. We invite our consumers to share our commitment to support regeneratively farmed products. Together, we can revolutionize our modern food chain. Look, we understand that we understand only a tiny fraction of this beautify and complex system we all share, but we have the hope, faith and humility that, collectively, we can turn things around.
We support our the most progressive farm partners with year-round demand at fair prices, recognizing the high-touch hard work that goes into raising their animals.
As consumers, we wield a lot of power. The way we see it here at Keller Crafted, funding farmers who do the right thing is the fastest, most direct way to make positive change amid our health, social, ethical and environmental challenges.
When we choose to break from the status quo and purchase our food from progressive farmers who are regenerating our top soils, we create a alternate market that can reward their labor intensive stewardship and strengthen our collective mission.
When we choose to break from the status quo and purchase our food from progressive farmers who are regenerating our top soils, we create a alternate market that can reward their labor intensive stewardship and strengthen our collective mission.
Lost Coast Humboldt farm
In search of beef with jaw-dropping flavor that contains all the nutritional benefits nature has to offer and was produced in a manner which honors the life of the animal, Keller Crafted formed a collaboration with a collective of leading edge grass farming families in Humboldt County.
The combination of a perfect environment for growing high quality pastures and expert grass finishing management utilizing adaptive multi paddock grazing puts this grass farming collective into legendary status in my humble opinion.
If you are a wine aficionado, you can think of this beef hailing from the "Napa Valley of Grass".
While all grass-fed beef comes from cattle that have eaten grass, not all have grazed freely and many are finished on grain at the end of their life to help fatten them up. All of the Lost Coast cattle are 100% grass fed and pasture finished, which means they never receive supplementary grains. Lost Coast cows roam freely throughout their life, feeding on fresh rye grasses and white clover which provides an optimal balance of carbohydrate and protein. This natural diet of lush greenery results in nutrient dense marbling for a richer flavor, packed with nutrients.
All of the cattle are raised on coastal farms in Humboldt County, an ideal growing climate for grasses. Grasses here grow rapidly year-round, regenerating quickly to offer an endless supply of greenery for cows to graze on. In the wetter Winter months, the cattle may be moved east, away from the coast to prevent damage to the pastures, while still grazing on wild grasses whose growth will subside in the hotter Summer months.
Lost Coast cattle are never confined, unless they require special care and are raised 100% free of hormones and antibiotics. Transport is minimized to reduce stress, with most of the herd remaining within a 20-mile radius their entire lives. The herd moves daily to fresh pastures on their own and remain protected from predators at all times, resulting in very docile cows, comfortable with humans and their surroundings – a sign of their low-stress environment.
The Lost Coast Grass Fed and Pasture Finished program is just one example of how we’re working with ranchers and farmers to rebuild our food ecosystem. Creating more economically sustainable relationships that produce phenomenal tasting meats with optimal nutritional value and minimal impact to the environment and distress to the animals.
Lost Coast Grass Fed & Pasture Finished Beef FAQsWhere is Lost Coast Beef raised?
Do the cattle ever receive supplementary feed rations or grains?
The cattle are 100% pasture raised, grass-fed and finished. They never receive supplementary grains. Grains are unnecessary to create a high quality finished beef due to the high quality of the pasture. The pastures quality stems from
- A predominance of rye grass and white clover, which provides the animal an optimal balance of carbohydrate and protein as it feeds, that then create a beef flavor that is naturally balanced.
- The proximity of these ranches to the ocean which stabilizes temperatures so there is no extreme heat or cold which would deteriorate pasture quality.
How does this program differ from other grass-fed programs?
- This is not just grass-fed beef, this is pasture finished beef meaning when you see “grass fed” on a beef label you have no way of knowing at what point in maturity or quality the cattle were removed from pasture. Pasture Finished lets you know that the cattle were raised and kept on pasture until the appropriate age and optimal quality of the meat is achieved.
- Lost Coast Pasture Finished Beef is finished only through direct grazing on a pasture, never in a “grass finishing” feedlot.
- Because this region has naturally high precipitation, there is ideal, year-round availability of high octane pasture and forage, unlike other grassfed programs that only have natural pasture available 6-8 weeks per year. The natural grazing window in most parts of California is 1-2 months in the spring, while these ranches have the longest natural growing season that we have found, typically over 40 weeks per year.
Is the program anti-biotic and hormone free?
Are the cattle ever confined?
The cattle are raised humanely and respectfully, and never confined to a feedlot.
The cattle are rotated on grass, and moved daily to fresh pasture. They are very docile because of their association to their rancher and the lush pasture.
At Redwood Meat Co, Eureka, CA, a plant that is 20 minutes away from the ranchers – not 1- 2 days away like much of the industry. The cattle spend minimal time in transport which greatly reduces the animals’ stress levels and results in a much higher quality.
Is the program organic?
No, the program is not certified organic. Organic certification adds significantly to the cost and many of our ranchers that obtained the certification in the past created a product that was too expensive, which forced them to drop their organic certification.
What is the breed of the cattle?
English breeds: Angus, Hereford and Short Horn. These breeds are known for carcass quality.
Cory Carman and her team are simply amazing. Carman Ranch is driven by similar core tenants that inspire Keller Crafted. Cory is not simply growing grass fed beef, she is focused on building soil, rural economic and human health through scaled and organized regenerative agriculture.
The Carman Ranch model demonstrates that regenerative agriculture can operate at scale while
- Improving soil carbon sequestration
- Reducing the need for water and external inputs
- Practicing humane treatment of livestock
- Enhancing biodiversity
- Increasing rural prosperity
- Producing nutrient dense food
- Improving human health
Carman Ranch Mission:
Carman Ranch raises premium grassfed beef using practices that restore the soil, respect the animals, build sustainable communities, and grow nutrient dense, delicious food.
Carman Ranch Vision
Carman Ranch is a catalyst for the regenerative food revolution. In our vision we:
- Restore the soil: Holistic ranching promotes soil health. Our practices sequester carbon, increase water-holding capacity, and eliminate the need for herbicides and pesticides.
- Respect the animals: Our animals socialize in herds, with plenty of room to roam and graze on ample pastures. They are never given hormones, antibiotics or grains, nor are they confined in any way.
- Build sustainable communities: We support a community of holistic family ranchers who are creating sustainable incomes, and building connections and resilience in rural communities.
- Grow nutrient dense food: Healthy soil means more flavorful, delicious and nutritious meats, full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
History and Process
Ranch was established in 1913. In 2003, the Wallowa, Oregon operation transitioned to 100 percent grassfed beef. The company has grown to include some of the West Coast's best grassfed beef producers, who share a common mission: to demonstrate that building community, restoring the soil, and respecting the animals are essential to growing exceptional beef. Today, Carman Ranch is a vibrant example of holistic ranching and land regeneration.
We guarantee where and how our beef was grown, and who grew it. Carman Ranch grassfed beef offers a distinctive combination of attributes: local and sustainably grown at a natural rate, free from antibiotics, hormones, grain and stress, healthy and delicious.
- Cattle are tracked from birth and can be traced back to the ranch of birth at the time of slaughter.
- Cattle are under 36 months of age.
- Cattle are born and raised on ranches in Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada.
- All cattle are 100% grassfed in accordance with American Grassfed Association standards for supplementation.
- In addition to prohibiting the feeding of any grain, these standards include:
- No added hormones
- No antibiotics
- No confinement
- Cattle have access to pasture their entire lives
Richards Grassfed Beef
Oregon House, CA
Keller Crafted is excited to be working closely with Richard Grassfed Beef a 6,600-acre ranch managed by Tom IV, his daughter Carrie and her husband Daniel Prelip.
Richards Grass Fed Beef is the first Savory Global Ecologically Outcome Verified (EOV) cattle operation on the West Coast.
A key component of the program is the Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV), an empirical and scalable soil and landscape assessment methodology that tracks positive outcomes in biodiversity, soil health, and ecosystem function, such as water infiltration and carbon absorption.
The Land Has a Voice - Now we know that we can enjoy grass finished beef with incredible flavor that is verified to be regenerating our natural ecosystem functions, increasing biodiversity and reversing climate change.
Richards Land & Cattle is a 5th generation cattle operation in California that is focused on transparency from pasture to plate.
They run a herd of Angus / Murray Grey cross cattle on the foothill property just above the Sacramento Valley fog and below the Sierra snow line. Richards Grass Fed Beef is certified by the American Grassfed Association and is the first beef company on the west coast to receive the Savory Institute's Ecological Outcome Verified certificate.
The Savory Institutes “Land to Market” ProgramA key component of the program is the Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV), is an empirical and scalable soil and landscape assessment methodology that tracks positive outcomes in biodiversity, soil health, and ecosystem function, such as water infiltration and carbon absorption. EOV enables consumers to identify food items derived from livestock managed through practices verified to enhance water, soil and climate. The Richards ranches are thrilled to be a part of EOV program and have already started to see the positive impact on the landscape. The EOV verified mark assures you, our stake-holding partner, and consumer that Richards is indeed ranching regeneratively and improving soil health producing benefits for years to come!
Richards Grassfed Beef mission is to provide the highest quality grass fed beef to our customers and do so in the most transparent and sustainable way possible. Richards Grassfed Beef ranches are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our animals to reduce stress and ensure proper care and feeding:
- Cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished
- Cattle are born and raised on their family ranches
- Cattle graze on thousands of acres of lush, green, natural grasses
- Cattle are part of a holistic grazing system
- Pastures are never artificially fertilized
- Cattle are never administered additional hormones or antibiotics
- Cattle are not taken to feedlots to be “finished,” – they fatten on natural grass
Grass fed beef is high in beta-carotene, Vitamin E & B, essential Omega 3 fatty acids, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and Trans Vaccenic Acid (TVA). Eating grass fed beef is in line with the right decision for your health, the health of your family and the health of our planet!
Klingeman Farm Pork
We believe that the Klingeman Family is the best progressive pork producer we have ever seen.
Located in the heart of Washington State, the Klingeman farm is a family affair operated by two generations that produces an extremely unique pork that has never been fed corn or soybean, Non-GMO project verified, never administered antibiotics and of a culinary quality that has been astounding foodies and discerning chefs for more than a decade.
Keller Crafted is the exclusive purveyor of Klingeman Farms meats in California Nevada and Arizona.Keller has been using Klingeman pork exclusively since 2008 in all our Keller crafted pork sausages, hams and bacon. 100% of our pork for KCM charcuterie comes from this one very special farm.
Taste the difference.
The Klingeman Farms utilizes heritage breeds mainly Berkshire and Duroc to create pork that tastes nothing short of special.
All hogs are raised in a European deep straw bedded hoop houses. The bedding straw is composted on site and spread on the farm to provide nutrients for crops. The deep straw model provides a simple yet optimal for the outdoor growing of hogs while being able to utilize the straw compost to regenerate the soils organically. Hog grown outdoors have higher levels of Vit D The Klingeman Farm operation is certified by the Food Alliance which is perhaps the most holistic 3rd party certification available that verifies, environmental stewardship, humane animal care and farm worker treatment.
LIVESTOCK HUSBANDRY: The hogs are grown slowly outdoors with using a European deep straw bedded hoop houses for shelter. The straw is composted and then used to raise crops on the farm.TRANSPARENCY: The Klingemans have made a series of wise investments to take the mystery out of the product and create unparalleled transparency.
- On Farm Feed Mill – consumers are really getting on board trying to understand what their food ate. The investment of an on-farm feed mill has taken 100% of the mystery out of that important question. The Klingemans purchase local small grains (barley, triticale, wheat) and field peas and flax to blend into a Non-GMO project verified feed. Not only does this regional feed made sense from an environmental aspect but it also allowed them to omit corn and soybean 100% from the diet.
- Harvest Facility - Humanely harvested at family owned and operated USDA inspected plant – 20 minutes from the farm.
- Birthing Center – Sows give birth are farrowed in a state-of-the-art European design birthing center that provides comfort for the sow and protection for the newborn pig. Piglet mortality is a huge concern and this investment in welfare and comfort is another signal to us how committed the Klingemans are to pushing the envelope to create a better and more compassionate food system This is the most humane option this is not in a confinement farrowing crate.
FEED & FOOD MILES: Their farming operation is in central Washington the middle of small grain country and the feed comes from no more than 100 miles of the farm. This is critical as the food miles skyrocket when feed is being transported to from the Midwest or Asia to feed livestock on the west coast. The non-gmo small grain also adds the culinary aspect giving the pork what we call a “European Small Grain Finish”. It’s delicious.
Anderson Ranches Lamb
I met Reed Anderson in 2003 and I was blown away as I watched a master in his element. Running sheep on agricultural fields with temporary fencing, gleaning crop residue, fertilizing and upcycling in one controlled symphonic act.
Anderson Ranches lamb is a pinnacle culinary lamb experience. This lamb holds the power to kindle a new relationship with lamb like you may have never had.
Anderson Ranch lamb is 100% grass-fed and grass finished grown in the premiere grass growing region in the world. The lamb is slow grown and truly grass finished (fattened) for an incredible lamb culinary experience.
Anderson Ranches is a Certified Humane program, which is a rigorous third-party audited program ensuring animals are cared for and raised with respect and empathy.
Reed and Robyn Anderson with their sons Jake and Travis are the current owners and managers and operators of this fifth generation of lamb operation. Their expertise and care ensures Anderson Ranches lambs will produce the highest quality meat – that is tender, juicy and delicious.
The Anderson’s have vast experience in selecting the best English breeds for optimal growth in Oregon’s climate. The Willamette Valley boasts one of the most productive, grass-growing regions in the US, a perfect place to raise the perfect lambs.
The sheep / livestock company is managed by Jake Anderson, who understands that genetics is key to healthy and happy animals. In addition; providing open ranges and pastures with unlimited grazing not only supports the natural growth and development of the sheep; it also improves the sustainability of the land by reducing weeds and noxious plants through the simple act of grazing. Grass-management is another key to sustaining high quality, it’s imperative to manage the land, ensuring it is not over or under-grazed.
The Anderson’s sheep grow until they are between 7-10 months of age and to an average weight of approximately 130 lbs. Allowing the lambs to grow slowly is one of the keys to their special lamb.
Travis Anderson manages the state-of-the-art Kalapooia Valley harvest and processing facility, built in 2013. This investment has allowed the consumer 100% transparency and securitty in supply while ensuring exacting meat fabrication standards.
Kalapooia is a USDA inspected plant that was designed based on the famed Temple Grandin’s Best Standards for Humane Handling. In turn, not only do the animals have less stress from transportation as the plant is often within 1-10 miles of the pastures where the sheep graze but also there is less stress during the unloading and harvesting process.
SustainabilityAnderson Ranches sustainable practices are unique and unmatched when compared to other lamb companies.
- Their sheep graze hill pastures that are not farmed, but grow beautiful pine and fir trees, the sheep eat the weeds and noxious plants in these pastures as well, supporting the health of the trees and grasses as well as keeping the fire danger at a controllable level.
- Composting program – consists of baled straw that is an ancillary product of the grass-seed business and unused approved by-products for the processing facility are composted and used as natural fertilizer for the seed fields.
- Water-reclamation is used at the processing facility, ensuring water can be reused in the pastures after recycling through the plant sanitation program.
- All of the Anderson’s farming and business endeavors are within a very small radius of just a few miles, thus they can honestly and easily claim a very small carbon footprint for all of their business
- Reed Anderson was awarded the Linn County – Soil and Water Conservationist of the Year in 2007 and 2008. The entire Anderson family is dedicated to using sustainable practices ensuring fertile land and clean water, so they can continue to raise the healthiest grass-fed lamb in the world.
Humanely RaisedAnderson Ranches is a Certified Humane program, which is a rigorous third-party audited program ensuring animals are cared for and raised with dignity and empathy.
Find out more about Humane Certified and how Anderson Ranches works with them for this certification program at:
Ferndale Farm Turkey
Cannon Falls, MN
Getting to know John Peterson and Ferndale Farms and his masterful turkey operation that acknowledged a caring and nuanced understanding of animal husbandry and ecosystem function was love at first sight for Keller Crafted.
During the green pasture growing season the Petersons raise their flocks by utilizing rotational grazing management. Keller Crafted and Ferndale made a collaboration to celebrate the turkeys grown exclusively during this time called "Pasture Grazed"Because of this artful approach, Ferndale produces slow growing turkeys with robust immune systems not needing any antibiotics or any other unnatural additives or interventions.
PASTURE GRAZED MANAGEMENT
Growing turkey on grass pasture slows down the growing process and because of the slow growth and the level of activity creates a fully mature bird that renders optimum flavor.
- Rotationally Grazed on Lush Pasture
- No Antibiotics Ever
- Humanely Handled by Experts
Turkeys are managed in a dynamic production model that raises turkeys in a free range environment when beneficial for bird and landscape and on lush pasture during the growing season.Our pasture grazed turkey selections come from the summer flocks only.
Ferndale Farms is a 3rd Generation Family Farm owned and operated by the Peterson Family located in Cannon Falls Minnesota.
When Fern and husband Dale (Ferndale) started growing turkey on their Cannon Falls farm, they did it the only way they knew how — without shortcuts. 75 years and 3 generations later, that philosophy hasn’t changed. Rather than following the industrial turkey farming model, Peterson Farm stuck to their roots and followed the time-honored approach.
Today, a compassionate approach to flock management and regenerative grassland farming is still practiced in a dynamic dance between land steward farmer and mother nature.
Wolfe Ranch Quail
I have known Brent since 2006 and I hold a place for this guy in my heart like a brother. We connect every week or so on the phone and instantly we get down to the heart of the matter - the spiritual pursuit of excellence.
Brent has dedicated his life to perfecting the perfect quail.
He controls all aspects of is operation from raising the eggs, running the hatchery, growing the quail, processing the quail in his own CDFA licensed processing plant.
Brent started breeding quail as a teen and expanded a customer base that started with Alice Waters of Chez Panisse to include Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller and Cory Lee serving their restaurants and others like Postrio, Campton Place, French Laundry and Meadowood in the Bay Area and Per Se in NYC.
Brent has been the guy who has lived his dream for 37 years, worked 100 hour weeks, forgone a family, and committed his life to his love of ranching and creating a product that is unmatched.
- “When famed chef Wolfgang Puck needs quail, he places a call to Brent Wolfe. Brent was one of the pioneers of California’s pasture to- plate movement, selectively breeding his birds and feeding them an all-grain diet with no hormones or antibiotics. The result? A flavorful quail that’s two to three times the size of his competitors.” -Sacramento Magazine
- “There are very few people like him in America. Very few people who can do something at such high quality and consistency. That’s why we buy from him. He does Quail better than anybody, I don’t think there’s any comparison.” – Wolfgang Puck
- “Of all our suppliers, Brent is the one I identify with the most.” – Cory Lee, Benu
- “In culinary circles and beyond, Brent is a legend, renowned for raising the finest quail in the country, and possibly the world. His affection for the bird began at age eleven, the day his mom dropped him off at a chicken show and he left with a crate of quail chicks, gifted by a breeder. And that’s what Brent ultimately became, selectively breeding to develop what I like to think of as a ‘special blend’ that tasted better than anything else I’ve tried. -Stuart Brioza, State Bird Provisions
- ”We cherish his quail—it’s big and meaty, with a very pure poultry flavor. He breeds for size, consistency, and his genetics have evolved more docile birds, quiet by nature, that process better (they generate less adrenaline at slaughter, which can lower the pH of the bird), and therefore taste better.” - Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
- “I’m obsessed with the Wolfe Ranch Quail, they are my favorite product to cook and eat. Since they are not widely known outside of California, when I do events elsewhere in the country they are sure to blow the minds of other chefs and guests as the best quail they have ever had, by far.” -Traci Des Jardin, Chef & Restaurateur
- “In 2018, I had the pleasure of dining at Benu. This is the first time I experienced eating a Wolfe Ranch Quail. It was the best thing I have ever eaten in my 20+ years of being a Chef.” - Sean Brock, James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast 2010
Pasture Bird Chicken
I met Paul a few years back. We clicked really quickly as we both have thought deeply about true pasture poultry production on year round basis.
Paul is a guy that saw a problem and created a solution. He innovated and connected dots. The result is one of the most organized pasture based poultry models that has scaled in production.
It is this kind of energy that pushes our food system from one to the next.
We salute the Paturebird in their vision and execution.
Pastured Poultry = chickens that live outside in a natural habitat (on grass, in the fresh air and sunshine with plenty of space to roam and forage).
By rotating the chickens to fresh pasture every single day, Pasturebird chicken is not only healthy and delicious but also goes beyond sustainability to rebuild healthy, regenerative soils and grasslands.
The differences between our chicken and conventional/industrial raised chicken are numerous. We use the term “Always Outside” to note the fact that our chickens don’t just have ambiguous “access to the outdoors”, but actually live outside on pasture 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our birds use their beaks and talons to peck and scratch for bugs, worms, grasses, seeds, and more. Instead of using antibiotics to fight disease within the flock, we use a healthy environment of pasture, sunshine, fresh air, and space to prevent sickness and provide our animals with a functioning immune system. Instead of marketing vegetarian-fed chicken (chickens are not vegetarians), we want our chickens to eat as many bugs and worms as possible. And instead of hiding our farm from the public, we know that our best marketing is transparency, so we regularly open the ranch for tours and events.
The result? Real chicken. We could call it pasture-raised, free range, cage-free, local, beyond organic, humane, biodynamic, sustainable, regenerative, and more. But 100 years ago, it was just called chicken. Let’s rewind poultry production back a century and experience the rich flavor that can only come from chickens that live outside on pasture.
Pitman Family Farms
Pitman Family Farms company comes to mind as I look for an example of a family farming operation that truly leads as they improve access to quality food.
I have watched over the last decade as they decisively invested in a system that is focused on doing the right thing and breaking the status quo.
I absolutely love their Heirloom chicken and I think you will too. The Pitmans' create the "Heirloom" chicken by crossing a slower growing chicken genetics with the traditional Cornish cross, resulting in a slower growing and hardier bird that can be raised humanely in a pasture centered production model. The chicken is fed non GMO verified feed and is then air chilled for quality.
David Pitman contacted me when Keller Crafted was struggling to get the USDA to recognize the Non- GMO Project Verified Claim. David went back to Washington DC and made it happen! We all owe David
About Pitman Family Farms
Pitman Family Farms is a family owned farming operation that has been raising poultry for three generations. Don Pitman began raising free-range turkeys and chickens in 1954. His son, Rick, continued to raise turkeys and named them after his wife, Mary. Their son, David, continued the family tradition of raising chickens.
Pitman chickens are cooled with a state of the art “Air Chill” system. Air Chill helps inhibit the spread of bacteria by keeping all of the chickens independent, and saves 30,000 gallons of chlorinated water every day!
The air chilled method produces a better tasting chicken. With no water added, the air chilled method keeps the "real" chicken flavor and juices. No water is absorbed, so you get the natural flavor of chicken.
What Does Gap 4 Pasture Centered Mean?
Non GMO Feed
Fed a NonGMO Vegetarian Diet
* GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms: an organism with altered genetic DNA engineered by humans
Pitmans was the first in the industry to be Verified with Non GMO Project.