About TC Farm
TC Farm is a group of very small sustainable family farms. Our home farm that started it all is located about an hour West of Minneapolis, MN.
We are dedicated to raising the best food possible. Our animals are raised in natural living conditions, treated with care and respect.
We (Betsy and Jack) grew up in Eden Prairie with a love of cooking and good food. We were frustrated we couldn't find meat raised without some sort of shortcut. We wanted food raised without any shortcuts.
So, we struck out on our own and founded a hobby farm to feed our family. That farm grew into TC Farm and our group of over 500 members who make it all possible.
Why TC Farm?
Like a lot of you, Betsy and I got more serious about what we were eating as we learned more. Surprised at how much "food" wasn't even really food anymore, we were tired of making compromises about how our family eats. We looked around for food we could trust and ended up starting our own farm.
Most food in this country comes from conventional or even organic factory farms. They are quite good at making a lot of food really quickly and they make food that seems cheap. Once you dig a little deeper, you start to see that there are many hidden costs to doing things that way.
That "cheap" food is expensive for everybody in the long run. It's really bad for individual and public health. It hurts the quality of our air, water and soil. The way animals are raised is nothing like you'd imagine.
We knew there was a better way, without compromises or hidden long-term costs. We started this farm back in 2010 because we wanted to do things right.
"I feel good about serving my family food that has come from animals that have been raised in a healthy and humane way. "
What Does TC Farm Focus On?
- Our animals live open pasture with space to roam, grazing on grasses and other nutritious foods that they naturally choose.
- Beef is always 100% grass-fed and dry-aged.
- Pork and chicken receive only transition or certified organic grains (all non-GMO).
- They thrive without any medications.
Healthy animals make healthy food - products from pasture-raised animals are significantly higher in omega 3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin E, beta-carotene and folic acid. They also have less saturated fat and cholesterol.
Our slow-growing breeds have better texture and richer flavor.
Conventional farming uses breeds that have been genetically manipulated to grow as fast as possible, leading to tough, bland meat.
We don't use chemicals or anything harmful to the environment.
Unlike conventional farming, which pollutes soil, air and water, our farm improves the soil, restores native Minnesota prairies and protects our lakes and streams.
In fact, many studies show that our type of farming acts as a carbon sink. Building so much topsoil captures more carbon than the farming operations emit. It is so impactful that if all food was farmed this way, climate change wouldn't be a worry.
We believe all life deserves respect. If we're raising animals to provide us with food, the least we can do is provide them with a happy, healthy life.
Our farming practices respect animals, land and generations to come.
At TC Farm, the price of our products reflects the complete cost of raising food according to the principles of true farming. We take care of our animals. We don't take any short cuts when it comes to how we feed them or how they are raised.
It means quality feed. It means slow-growth breeds that are given the time to fully mature. It means wide open spaces where our animals can roam freely.
It takes a little longer and sometimes it costs a little more... Sometimes it even costs a little less!
At TC Farm, you pay for what is true and what is right: fine food, sustainably raised.
"In addition to the added benefit of supporting a local farming family, I feel that it is also better for the environment and it has allowed my family to explore new types of food and new ways of cooking. Everyone wins!"
Jack McCann, Farmer
Jack McCann came to farming as a result of his quest for the tastiest food possible. After learning more about sustainable, pasture-based farming and the nutritious, delicious food it produces, he was determined to raise food right and provide it to others. He also wanted to take true farming to a higher level, by using rare, slow-growing breeds for optimal taste, texture and nutrition. Jack transitioned out of his previous career as an entrepreneur and management consultant to build and lead TC Farm. photo credit Heartbeat Kitchen
Betsy McCann, Farmer
Betsy McCann has a passion for cooking, and she knows that the best ingredients make the most delicious meals. Now that Betsy and Jack run TC Farm as a husband and wife team, she's happy to have the highest-quality food growing right in her back yard. Betsy appreciates the natural harmonies on the farm among animals, people, plants and land. Betsy leads a dual life as farmer and musician – she loves her career teaching band at the University of Minnesota. photo credit Gopher Photo