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THE GROUNDED TEAM
We do this for the love of it.....

The Grounded Team is made up of three families who are wholly committed to regenerating ecology and producing healthy, tasty beef. We all came to this because we love the natural world and we believe that properly managed herbivores are one of the best tools for healing the land.  Between the team there is a collective 50+ years of ranching, land management and quality beef producing experience. We have managed herds of thousands of cattle, organic dairies, as well as buffalo, sheep, goats, pigs, broiler chickens and layer chickens all for all sizes of farms and ranches. We have managed conception to consumption, direct market grass fed cattle operations, organic farms, and huge community supported agriculture farms with upwards of a 1000 members. This in other words.....it is what we do. We hope you will come be part of this story with us. 

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JEREMIAH, AIMEE AND MADELEINE

Aimee Danch and Jeremiah Stent spend their days thinking about how to grow things --  how to grow more grass, more soil, more good clean food. A profound respect for the complex intersection between wild open spaces and agriculture keeps them asking, “How can we do this better?”. Their guides in this pursuit are a deep reverence for the natural world and a relentless pursuit to understand how things work.

Prior to Grounded, they acquired unparalleled experience in the industry, managing for both Belcampo Farms and TomKat Ranch. Aimee built and managed the ruminant division for Belcampo Meat Company, where she oversaw one of the largest birth-to-market, Certified Organic, Animal Welfare Approved, grass-finished beef operations in the US. She is fueled by the knowledge that our food systems are the universal tie to the planet we all share.

Jeremiah was raised and spent most of his life on what is now TomKat Ranch. There he experienced the powerful shift from conventional cattle ranching to planned holistic grazing. Out of this shift grew an ability to move away from viewing land management one-dimensionally to experiencing the depths and complexity of the plant, animal, and soil web. This awareness permeated into every aspect of his life. Whether he is operating an excavator, loading cattle in a trailer, planting the garden, or making decisions with his family, Jeremiah feels at home when he is thinking outside the box.

Their homebase, along the Applegate River in Southern Oregon, is also the home base of their company Pacific Grasslands, which works closely with Grounded throughout the year. Pacific Grasslands manages organic ground in Southern Oregon in addition to fabricating commercial-scale farm implements and infrastructure for the pastured livestock producer.  Their daughter Madeleine oversees every move to keep things running smoothly; and has (so far) only been set in bear poop once and been hit in the face with oak branches a few times during morning chores.

NATE CHISHOLM

Nate Chisholm was worked on ranches around the world that we're doing innovative grazing management. Nate has spent time working in Texas at the Savory Center as well as Southern Africa working with some of the best ecological and grassland managers. Nate also worked with Chad Peterson in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Chad managed a thousand head of cattle at million pound to the acre densities, 350 head of buffalo in the oldest private herd in the state, and a thousand goats that were rented out for land management work. Following Nate's years with Chad, he moved to California, and managed thousands of chickens and several hundred cattle for Marin Sun Farm’s. From there he worked on several other grass fed beef operations in Marin, Sonoma, and Humboldt counties including True Grass Farms. He has also consulted for numerous ranches in Marin and Sonoma Counties on how to better manage their cattle operations as well as their grasslands. He has spent the last four years working as a grassland manager for Sonoma Mountain Institute where he is able to meet his personal goals of repairing grasslands and savannahs in a very effective environment.

NATE, HANNAH AND ABEL

Nate Chisholm was worked on ranches around the world that we're doing innovative grazing management. Nate has spent time working in Texas at the Savory Center as well as Southern Africa working with some of the best ecological and grassland managers. Nate also worked with Chad Peterson in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Chad managed a thousand head of cattle at million pound to the acre densities, 350 head of buffalo in the oldest private herd in the state, and a thousand goats that were rented out for land management work. Following Nate's years with Chad, he moved to California, and managed thousands of chickens and several hundred cattle for Marin Sun Farm’s. From there he worked on several other grass fed beef operations in Marin, Sonoma, and Humboldt counties including True Grass Farms. He has also consulted for numerous ranches in Marin and Sonoma Counties on how to better manage their cattle operations as well as their grasslands. He has spent the last four years working as a grassland manager for Sonoma Mountain Institute where he is able to meet his personal goals of repairing grasslands and savannahs in a very effective environment.

BYRON AND ALESSA

Byron and Alessa met at a regenerative agriculture and naturalist program in 2009 at the Regenerative Design Institute where they found a passion for broad acre land management and restoration. Byron and Alessa both worked to help manage and run a 1000 member CSA where Byron worked with cattle as a restoration tool everyday and got to see increases in landscape health and forage production. In addition he managed the ranch operations with thousands of broiler chickens, and hundreds of layers and pigs in an integrated agroecosystem. Alessa worked on the customer fulfillment end where she created the systems and protocols for how the farm managed,  assembled, packed the huge variety of orders for the thousands member strong CSA.

 

Byron and Alessa both eventually moved on from the CSA to Mindful Meats. Byron spent time as the director for Holistic Cattle Sourcing for Mindful Meats a local sustainable beef company where he worked with the team to help create a sourcing protocol for their program. Alessa has been with Mindful Meats since 2013 working as the Livestock Production Manager and Marketing Manager, where she manages everything from cattle purchasing, to social media to compliance. Byron and Alessa are both big fans of Mindful Meats and the work they do, and appreciate being part of that family.

 

Byron has spent the last 4 years regeneratively managing land and cattle for the non-profit Sonoma Mountain Institute where he has been able to live his creative vision of broad acre grassland restoration. While Byron is still working for Sonoma Mountain Institute and Alessa is still working at Mindful Meats they both are proud and happy to be collaborating with Nate, Hanna, Abel, Aimee, Jeremiah and Madeleine to bring your family tasty, healthy beef that you can be proud of.