For the next four Class Acts, we’re going to highlight four classy acts in food production and sustainability in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. These four were part of a weekend-long, 40-farm Piedmont Farm tour sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association as a way to learn more and celebrate the small family farms in the region.
Jack and Sandy Pleasant consider themselves the stewards of the 260 acres that have been in Jack’s family for 200 years. Without any experience in livestock, Jack read some how-to books, and started The Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm on his family’s land.
With 120 buffalo, Sunset Ridge has the second largest bison herd in the state. The bison are pasture raised, and are never treated with antibiotics or growth hormones.
The Farm gives tours and is completely transparent it how they raise and slaughter the bison. They take particular care of how to keep the land pristine through animal husbandry and sustainable practices.
For those who eat red meat, the Farm also provides a lot of information on the nutritional benefits of bison as well as recipes. They also are present in the area’s local farmer’s market – a true example of how the farm, the land, the animal, and the community can be connected to each other through the centuries.