Garth Brown raises cows, pigs, and sheep on Cairncrest Farm in central New York. He is interested in figuring out a good way to write from a perspective rooted in his farm, breeding pigs with high levels of intramuscular fat, the essays of E.B. White, how to balance the demands of an agricultural ecosystem with those of the market, and how to use modern technologies without having them become a time stealing, soul destroying drain on his life. He is lovingly tolerated by his wife, daughter, and son, and adored by his disgustingly energetic dog.
Animal agriculture, we hear over and over, is horrific for the environment and horrific for the livestock involved. Yet most of us can’t or won’t change our ways. There may be a general sense that beef is horrible, but there is a literal sense that steak is delicious.