In 2009, Fernando and Margarita Mendez fulfilled their lifelong dream and poured their life savings into a 900 acre farm in Crisp County, Georgia. The name of that farm is now Marview, named after his wife, Margarita, and the beautiful view they are blessed with every day. They have since been slowly growing their herd and have reached the point where they are able to supply grass fed meat.
In September of 2013, Marview Farms became a 100% organic fed livestock supplier. By using a method of rotational grazing, it is a farm completely free of hormones and antibiotics. The animals are truly raised free range, without immune system altering vaccinations, harmful steroids, or insecticides.
Marview Farms recently received the Innovator of the Year Award at the Farmer’s Appreciation Banquet in Crisp County, and holds several certifications: American Grassfed Association Certified, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, and Gary Black’s: Georgia Grown certification.
For the last twelve years, Marview Farms has been committed to producing happier, healthier, and calmer animals than those raised on grain. They raise only grass fed and grass finished beef, goat, and lamb, along with pastured pork, poultry, and eggs.
“Sustainability” as defined by the EPA, is “based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” This is important for us, to make sure we have and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect our health and environment. At Marview Farms, our goal is to be as self-reliant as possible and maintain our unique approach to farming. Marview Farms has been working to close the gap between sustainability and dependency from outside sources since day one.
All living things thrive in non-stressful environments. For our animals to do so, we must provide natural, biodynamic soils that create nutritious grasses. We are a grass-finished farm because the bovine (cow) was designed to forage and be completely sustained on a green pasture diet. By grazing, the cows keep the soil fertile returning native minerals and nutrients to the earth. Cattle are not designed to eat grain, which is force-fed to animals raised in feedlots for a mass produced food system. These grains are loaded with starches, which cause added stress on the digestive system, forcing the bovine to exert more energy to process this food through their bodies. The combination of stress and excess energy result in a meat product that is tough and stringy. Science has shown that grass-fed and grass-finished beef is higher in four elements essential to a healthy human diet: it is lower in fat, calories, higher in Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats), it is high in vitamin E and conjugated linoleic acid (fatty acid that reduces cardiovascular disease, fight carcinogens, and have anti-cancerous properties).
Marview Farms believes in making the healthiest possible soil by making our own varieties of compost, which are then brewed in our Compost Tea Brewer. We disperse onto our pastures to ensure a feasible means of feeding nature’s living organisms to our soils. In turn, our soils naturally produce higher quality grass, contributing to the health of our livestock, ourselves and our customers.
Our compost tea is our key ingredient in organic farming and our soils. Harvested from our farm, we feed our land in a natural way that makes our grasses more nutritive to our cows, allowing them to maintain their fat, stay healthy, and breed faster. In turn, we can provide better-tasting beef to our customers, while providing a less wasteful system of operation.