Episode 9: Grazing Against the Machine at Ozark Akerz
For our first stop in North Carolina we spent the day at Ozark Akerz, a sustainable farm and homestead that raises a herd of Pineywoods, a heritage breed of cattle originally brought to the south by the Spanish in the 16th century. After 400 years in the south, Pineywoods have adapted to the hot climate, are highly resistant to disease and eat many native weeds in the area like kudzu. In this episode we talk about how Farmer Mike and Farmer Sue went from their careers in IT to sustainable farming, why they chose Pineywoods, and their daily life around the homestead.
Learn more the Pineywood breed here
Chef and The Farmer is Vivian Howard’s restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina. Vivian has a great TV show on PBS and we hear the restaurant is incredible (and is now serving Ozark Akerz beef!)
The charity bike ride for children that Rob participates in is called ALYN. you can donate here