Farmstead Meatsmith

On this episode we had an opportunity to meet with Brandon and Lauren Sheard. This was a great conversation that was insightful to us as we consider how to be better stewards, not just of animals while they are alive, but of the proper use and end of meat in our farm and homestead.

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Brandon and Lauren Sheard are the operating duo of Farmstead Meatsmith. Journeying together into an appreciation for artistry and mastery of animal husbandry, slaughter and butchery, their commitment to the Catholic Faith shines as a theme of inspiration enveloping an openness to Grace. 

Episode Introduction

“Brandon Sheard came into traditional livestock harvesting after studying Shakespeare in graduate school. 
With no experience in butchery or agriculture, he quit his job at Whole Foods Market, and started work on a small, multi-species and pasture-based farm in the Pacific Northwest. After two years of working on the farm and managing the butcher shop, Brandon left and started Farmstead Meatsmith with his wife Lauren who had journeyed with him from academia to agriculture. 

Today the Sheards live in northeastern Oklahoma with their nine children, teaching the art of animal harvesting and provisioning on the domestic scale. You can learn the craft of artful slaughter at where they host the Meatsmith Membership and post a full calendar of undiluted, hands-on classes in animal harvesting according to the traditions of the peasant home.

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Membership Courses: Farmstead Meatsmith Membership

Farmstead Meatsmith Podcast: A Meatsmith Harvest

Farmstead Meatsmith Youtube Channel: Farmstead Meatsmith

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