The Grass Roots Farmers’ cooperative is farmer-owned and farmer-operated. All of our members are raising livestock on small-scale farms and are committed to the highest standards of agricultural sustainability. Because we are small farms operating under carefully studied animal-husbandry techniques, we spend a lot of time and attention tending to our land and animals. We have formally joined together so that we can also meet the needs of our customers.
As awareness about the nutritional and environmental benefits of pastured animals spreads, so does demands for these meats. Our small farms were having a hard time keeping up. Operating as a cooperative, we are able to share resources and responsibilities, which makes tasks like processing, marketing, and distribution more efficient. This means that we can focus on the quality of our meats and meet our customers’ expectations.
– Co-op member Jeff Dettelbach of Dettelbach
• Arroyo Family Farm, Charleston, AR
• Cedar Creek Farm, Cedarville, AR
• Dettelbach Farms, Wynne, AR
• Onyekwelu Farms, Jacksonville, AR
• The Other Side Farm, Marshall, AR
• Falling Sky Farm, Leslie, AR
• Freckle Face Farm, McRae, AR
• Lawrence Farms, Forrest City, AR
In addition to sustaining our member farms, the Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative is also committed to supporting individuals and families interested in entering into the sustainable-agriculture economy. Every year, in partnership with Heifer USA, we provide a handful of apprentice farmers—chosen from a pool of applicants— start-up capital, agricultural equipment, technical assistance, market access, and financial training. After a year, these farms can be voted into membership by the co-op board. This mentorship program serves to cultivate new local food systems around the state and to reinvigorate the rural economies on which they depend.
• Restoration Farm, Rudy, AR
• The Wright Place, Quitman, AR
• Fruit of the Vine Farm, Mulberry, AR
• Farm at Barefoot Bend, Lonsdale, AR
• Ariel Farms, Lonoke, AR
• Fresh Food Farm, Lead Hill, AR