Mint Creek Farm: Grassfed Meats Raised on Certified Organic Prairie Pastures

About

Mint Creek Farm is owned & operated by the Carr family and a few dedicated friends. Harry & Gwen Carr started the farm in 1992, beginning with 50 acres of land Stelle, IL. Since then, the farm has grown to 220 Certified-Organic acres. These pastures are home to sheep, cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, and ducks. Importantly, we believe that all farm animals should graze together symbiotically on perennial pastures in order to support the biodiversity and fertility of the land. Farming with this holistic, pasture-based method at our core, alongside organic agricultural methods, we aim to provide life-giving, grass-fed meat and eggs for our local community and beyond. All meat and eggs are available via pickup at your local farmers’ market or co-op in the Chicago area.  We also ship our products anywhere within the United States.  

Farmer Harry with turkeys in tall grass
 
The curly tail of a happy Mint Creek pig!

Local Environmental Impact:

Mint Creek Farm strives for the symbiotic relationship of animal and land. Who would have guessed that a combination so simple as sheep on grass could help with global climate change? Grasses and legumes naturally process and fix carbon in the soil. Rotationally grazing perennial pasture is actually one of the best carbon-dioxide-absorbing natural systems there is— even better than planting trees, because the forage plants are kept in their vegetative state by the regular grazing of livestock. Mint Creek Farm is also a safe haven for native species of plants and birds to live and nest. Soil tests show great improvements in soil fertility and texture since the land was purchased; enriching the natural prairie ecosystems that have been so depleted by modern mainstream agricultural practices.

It makes the Carrs happy to be a part of a beautiful natural ecosystem: thick swards of grasses keeping the topsoil from eroding and cleaning the air while the livestock live on it symbiotically, bolstering soil fertility. It makes them all the more proud that this ecosystem offers their family, friends, locals, and chefs some of the most delicious, healthiest grass-fed meat in the country.