River Ridge Farms Protects Lands for Traditional Farming

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

River Ridge Farms is located along the river in Meigs County, Tennessee.    Owned and operated by Dave and Verlinda Waters, River Ridge raises 100% grass-fed cattle, free-range chickens, turkeys and pigs and more for local consumption.

Our juicy and delicious chicken is raised in protected pens right on the green grass of our pastures. The birds are moved to fresh pasture daily to supplement their all-natural certified organic feed. Our certified organic feed is hormone, anti-biotic and soy free.

We currently raise Tarentais cattle which are renowned for the delicious flavor and are introducing Red Devons, a heritage breed.

River Ridge Farms beef is 100% grass-fed and free of antibiotics and steroids.

Dave Waters returned to farming after 30 years away and is committed to growing food, “the way nature intended.”      He is working toward retaining a conservation easement for his 150 acres and an adjacent 150 acres as a way to protect the land for future farming with help from the Land Trust for Tennessee.

The Land Trust for Tennessee has saved
52,377 acres in 47 counties.

Land Trust for Tennessee has a donation page set up for River Ridge Farms at their website.   The non-profit organization is also assisting the Waters to obtain a grant from the USDA towards this effort.

River Ridge Farms sells through  Market Square Farmers’ Market in Knoxville and the Main Street Farmers Market in Chattanooga.   Main Street Farmers Market will be open through the winter months from 4-5pm on Wednesdays.

River Ridge Farms

Pastured Beef, Pork, Poultry, Eggs and Honey

In December of this year, the FDA reported that  just under 29,000 pounds of anti-microbials had been sold for use in farm animals in 2009.    This is the first time that such a report has been given but future reports on amounts and types of anti-microbials sold for uses in farm animals will be given annually.

There is growing concern that the overuse of antibiotics could increase the chance for resistant strains of harmful bacteria to develop.

I read an article in E-Science entitled, “Antibiotic Resistance: It Takes a Village,”   I have quoted the last paragraph from it below:

“The chance that we’ll have new and dangerous super bugs emerging is quite high, and I’m worried that our arsenal of antibiotics is dwindling,” Collins says. “We have time to respond now, but we need a movement backed by political will to expand antibiotic research and development.”

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