Collaboration with Temple Grandin – a partnership spanning 20 years

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Back when farm-to-table marketing company Ranch Foods Direct was just a glimmer in owner Mike Callicrate’s eye, he began a lasting collaboration with author, writer and researcher Temple Grandin aimed at making ranch operations as humane for livestock as possible. Grandin needs little introduction as the esteemed Colorado State University animal scientist who turned her affliction with autism into an … Read More

Making the case for why cows aren’t bad for the environment

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Former environmental lawyer turned California cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman says her book DEFENDING BEEF began as a handbook for chefs explaining why beef isn’t the environmental culprit it’s so often made out to be. At the time, Niman was serving on the board of directors for Chefs Collaborative, a culinary organization that seeks to inspire, educate and celebrate sustainable … Read More

Mike Callicrate one of speakers, authors at international meat fair in Denver

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The Denver chapter of the Slow Food Organization is hosting an international meat symposium and tasting fair June 4-6. Saturday’s “Slow Meat Fair” at the Auraria Campus near downtown will include free panel lectures as well as ticketed culinary workshops and tastings. Ranch Foods Direct owner Mike Callicrate will appear on an afternoon panel to discuss “faith and food” along … Read More

Michael Brownlee: Driving a local food shift

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Catalyst. That’s the job title listed on Michael Brownlee’s business card. That’s also the role he hopes a new magazine will play in a long-term effort to shift the Colorado Springs economy toward more locally-owned growers and processors like Ranch Foods Direct. In remarks Brownlee made last fall at Colorado College as part of Local Food Week festivities, he emphasized … Read More

At ‘meat-up,’ a bison breakdown

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Bill Rogers, owner of Colorado’s Sweetwater Bison, shown above at upper right, donated a grassfed bison for a fabrication demonstration presented by the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat during the first-ever Slow Meat conference in Denver. Rogers is among roughly 40 ranchers who get their meat custom-processed at Ranch Foods Direct. One hundred delegates attended the event on behalf of … Read More