Girl Farm is really one girl, me (Sheera), living on the land outside
of Rosanky Texas. I had felt increasingly dismayed by the
industrialization of everything in our lives and longed to
reconnect to the land and the sources of my food. One day I decided to
do something about it.
I didn't know how to farm, or raise
cows, or build a house, but figured I'd learn as I went. I found a
nice stretch of land an hour outside of Austin, and out of sheer
stubbornness and determination I built a house by hand, installing
rainwater collection tanks and solar panels.
I acquired a
few cows and started by treating them with respect. They watched as I
built my house and I watched as they grazed. Gradually I learned how to
raise them and internalized my core belief; No compromises. And I
learned that it is not only possible, but rewarding, to live by that
The CowsThe cows are treated with respect. They range
freely during the day on ample grazing land and nap under the trees. At
night they sleep under the stars. In bad weather they wander into their
shelter. They all know their names and respond when I call. I do not
separate calves from their mothers. They wean when they are ready.
are not immunized or given supplements, hormones, or stimulants. No
chemicals are used on them (such as wormers or insecticides) or on the
land. I handle them humanely; I do not use cattle chutes, trailers, or
One Girl Farm beef is state
inspected. The Svetlik family processes the beef for me. They have been
custom processing meats for more than 40 years and are wonderful to
work with. They have respected my exact criteria; from the humane
handling of my animals to the finished product. The beef
is hung and dry aged and is never rinsed or handled with chemicals. It
is then cut, vacuum wrapped in freezer plastic, and
immediately hard frozen.