Garrison Valley Farms
Our cattle are Garrison Valley cattle, meaning that they are all born and raised on the Curl and Lee farms. By keeping our herds local, we significantly reduce incidents of disease. Our calves are gently weaned and then, depending on time of year, placed in fields growing high quality seasonal forages such as oats, rye, and pearl millet.
We do not feed our cattle growth stimulants or therapeutic antibiotics. Our cattle are selected and raised to be wholesome, healthy and thrive on local forages, just as they have for thousands of years.
We believe that the best way to raise our cattle is to let them freely graze the grass we grow. That said, in times of stress (i.e. weaning, illness, drought, extreme cold/heat) we do hand-feed our cattle minimal amounts of wholesome, natural grains to supplement their diet. To get a better idea of our management practices, check out Whit's presentation to the 2014 Tri-State Beef Conference.
We raise Angus cattle because of their well-established reputation for producing high quality meat. Because we are in daily contact with our cattle, we place a primary emphasis on temperament--calm cattle aren’t just safer to be around, they generally make for a bigger, better tasting end product.
We pride ourselves on selecting the very best breeding stock available. This means selecting cattle that will thrive in the Middle Tennessee climate on our native grasses. We routinely incorporate the latest technology available for genetic testing and software-based qualitative analysis in our management protocol, but fundamentally, those are just tools that help to focus our own experience-based decision making process—there is simply no substitute for a lifetime spent raising cattle.
George Martin Honey
WELCOME to Martin’s Honey House and commercial kitchen located at 59 Bashaw Creek Road, Manchester, Tennessee Our honey house is annually inspected and CERTIFIED by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Regulatory Services. We extract, bottle and label our local 100% pure raw strained honey in Martin’s Honey House along with our cut comb honey. Also, our Creamed Honey and Infused Honey are made, bottled, and labeled in Martin’s Honey House.
Don’t Fear A Swarm!
More than likely if bees swarm, they have run out of room because they are growing and healthy.
DO NOT call exterminators, instead call me at (931)808-5654. I will come to the place of the swarm outside of your home and remove the bees free of charge in Coffee, Grundy, Franklin, Bedford and Rutherford counties.
Bees are extremely valuable pollinators and we do not want to kill them unnecessarily. Our handmade soaps, flavored and unflavored lip balms, scented and unscented hand lotion bars, and Beeswax candles are made in Martin’s Honey House from the Beeswax produced by our own honey bees. Our beeswax by-products are registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A small beginning has led to a thriving business supplying family members, friends and many others like you with pure local honey and beeswax products. We look forward to providing you with local 100% pure raw strained honey, cut comb honey, Creamed Honey, Infused Honey and our handmade skin care products or pure beeswax candles.
Doddy Creek Farms - Akaushi Wagyu
We take a special and unique approach at Doddy Creek Farms. We're uninterested in producing large quantities of meat for the masses. Instead, we've taken a boutique approach that delivers fresh, clean beef to Nashville and the surrounding areas. Our passion for raising and harvesting cattle with care and in superior conditions has resulted in the highest quality beef for our customers.
OUR ANIMALS ARE BORN AND RAISED ON THE FARM WITH THE FOLLOWING PROTOCOL:
No antibiotics, hormones or steroids to promote growth
We use Registered Akaushi Bulls for the best marbling genetics
We produce our cattle as an F1 cross of Angus and Charolais cows to Akaushi sires to increase the marbling characteristics due to phenotypic genetics
They are grass fed and finished on natural grain for eleven months prior to harvest
Cattle are rotated on pastures with a clean spring fed watering system in all paddocks
We provide a low stress environment and treat the cattle humanely