Hello Neighbors

We’re glad that you are here and we’re excited to share with you what is going on in the field next door and on our farm just down the road.  We also are running a giveaway for our meridian beach neighbors to try our better beef.

The crop growing in this field is designed to accomplish a few different things

 1. Improve plant nutrition to raise healthier, happier animals and produce better beef

2. Eliminate our use of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers that could leach into the lake and contribute to contaminated water and algae problems

3. Convert carbon dioxide from the air into soil carbon

To do this we are using lots of different plants and microbes that work together to build healthy soil.

So what is growing in this field?

The plants growing in this field are a multispecies forage crop that we use for winter cattle feed.  Growing this type of crop allows us to forage finish our cattle for a better beef product.  Many of the plants appear similar but still provide slightly different root exudates and phytonutrients to improve the health of the soil, the flavour and the health of the beef.  Here are the plants that are growing in this field and some of the things that they do.  See which ones you can spot the next time you are driving by!


The majority of the crop is oats.  It makes excellent cattle feed.  It has an excellent deep root system.  It also provides ideal conditions around its roots for beneficial microorganisms to thrive.  Some oats will regrow after cutting.

Forage Peas

The peas add protein to the cattle feed.  Also since it is a legume it has special microbes in its roots that convert nitrogen from the air into nitrogen that the plants and microbes can use.


A hearty cereal plant that makes good cattle feed and can handle stressful weather conditions.  We harvest the crop before the triticale starts making starch in the seeds.  We want our animals to grow on plant sugars not seed starch

Faba Beans

Faba beans are another legume that takes nitrogen from the air and makes it available to plants.  It also has a deep root that helps to loosen up compacted soil.

3 types of clover

Berseem, Crimson and Persian clover make good cattle feed.  They are also another legume that takes nitrogen out of the air and makes in available to plants.  The clovers will regrow after cutting and will continue to feed the soil microbes and provide cover.

Italian Ryegrass

Another plant that will regrow after cutting.  It has really good feed value.

2 types of Turnips

The turnips provide good cattle feed as well as regrowth after cutting.

Japanese Millet

A C4 plant that produces a lot of sugars both for energy for the cattle and also for the soil microbes.  Excellent for cattle feed and soil building.


A plant that helps to release calcium and phosphorus from the soil and make them available for the whole mix of plants to use.  It is great for bees and other pollinating insects and also makes a beautiful addition to the field.

Forage Collards

A large leafy plant that provides a lot of feed.  It also has a strong taproot to loosen soil and provide habitat and nutrition for microbes further down in the soil.

Hairy Vetch

One of our favorite plants.  It has incredible feed value, is another legume for nitrogen fixing and hold the swath together making it easier for us to harvest the crop for winter cattle feed.


A plant that does an excellent job of building soil structure and is also a beautiful addition to the mix.


One of the biggest benefits that chicory provides for the cattle is that it helps to boost their immune system and reduces their parasites.    It also has good feed quality and a strong root system.

Each of these plants plays a role in a regenerative, forage finished beef system to produce better beef.

We want you to have the opportunity to try our better beef so we are putting together a giveaway for the month of July.  Type your name and email into the giveaway form below and you will be entered to win a summer grilling bundle. 

Must be able to accept delivery in Meridian beach or meet at meridian beach.

Enter to win a free BEEF bundle from Peony Farms of nutrient dense, forage finished beef to support your health journey

Giveaway ends July 11








The ingredients that make better beef

(the different plants we showed you earlier play a role in both the regenerative and forage finishing components)


We do testing at 6 different point in our production process to ensure that we are improving the nutrient density of our products

Forage Finishing

Research and our own testing is showing that the beef we produce is healthier and more nutrient dense when we finish the animals on a diet of a variety of green plants (forages).  Its the best form of grass finished beef that you can get.


The Piedmontese breed has a natural tenderness gene that produces a great eating experience without excessive fat or the need to age the beef.  Since we don’t age our beef, it won’t have the buildup of histamines or breakdown of vitamins that occurs during the aging process.


Again research and our own testing are showing that improving the health of our soil, through the principles of regenerative agriculture, is improving the health of our plants, animals and final product as well.

The Results: Higher Omega 3 fatty acids and a healthier Omega 3 to 6 ratio, increased micronutrients, increased phytonutrients and reduced histamines

Our Story

After going on a journey to find the best food to support their daughter’s health challenges, Craig and Miriam along with the rest of the Peony Farms team, are now producing premium beef that supports your health journey.