As a family, we are committed to providing healthy, delicious food for our families. We know that nutritious, delicious meals start with high quality, nutrient dense meats and vegetables. Our business is committed to sharing thoughtfully produced meats with your family so you can feel confident in how you are nourishing your family.
Red Star Ranch is a partnership of brothers. Doug and Steven can almost always be found in the fields. Krista is the most recognized of the group, as you will find her at the Farmers Market and pick-up days. Jaime is behind the scenes making sure that the bills are paid. The youngest keep us on our toes with ball games, fishing and lots of laundry. The eldest are our constant support and their home is the go-to place for all of the boys to relax after a long day's work.
Red Star Ranch is located along the Snake River canyon in south-central Idaho. The land was originally settled by our great-grandfather in the 1940’s. Today as 4th generation farmers, we are continually seeking innovative ways to improve and sustain the proud traditions of agriculture in our family. This search has led us to combine new technology with historical practices. On the farm you can find GPS technology and the latest strip-till implement running in a field next to heritage livestock grazing on non-GMO cover crop pastures.
A decade ago when the youngest generation returned to the operation, we challenged ourselves to: become more productive with existing assets, improve the land, and create an innovative business to pass to the next generation. Since then, we implemented the use of minimum and strip-till technology in our row crops. Diversity through cover crops allows us to maintain year-round soil cover, increase soil fertility, and reduce pesticide use. We have decreased our dependence on synthetic fertilizers, controlled erosion, and seen improvements in the health of our soils.
In 2012, we took a big step and expanded our crop farm to include livestock. It started small – an idea to use existing resources to provide healthy pasture-raised meat for our own families. Today we maintain small herds of cattle and pigs and seasonally a flock of pastured poultry. We seek a combination of genetics that are a perfect fit for a low input system and thrive on our forage and grass pastures year-round. We do not use antibiotics and seek non-GMO, locally grown forage if pasture levels run low.