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Hidden Gems: Meet Cloe Parker of Parker Pastures

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cloe Parker.

Hi Cloe, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Our story is simple and began at the dinner table. My parents wanted to feed me and my brothers the highest quality real food that is raised in a way that is making the earth healthy again. Our family began raising our own meats so we could know what it is we’re eating, where it came from, and how it was raised. We wanted to be sure about something else too.

We wanted to be sure the meats we were eating were contributing to the health of the earth. We wanted more wildlife, more plant diversity, less erosion, and no pollution. What started as a means to provide clean, nutritious food for our family quickly grew into a business with hundreds of families each sharing our commitment to family health and thoughtfully raised food that was making the earth a better place while giving our animals an amazing life too.

And honestly, Parker Pastures was really born when our friends and neighbors insisted on buying the delicious, organic, mountain meadow-raised, 100% grass-fed beef and lamb we were raised to feed our family! Abundance and health, that’s what we believe in. And that is why we choose to raise organic, high mountain, 100% grass-fed beef and lamb in a way that creates healthy land, healthy animals, and healthy people.

As cattle ranchers, we eat beef about every dinner, and it’s packed with nutrients from phytochemicals from diverse pastures that the cattle graze, but we wanted to have some other sources of protein that are the same quality as our beef. Our goal was to find the highest quality meat on the planet so that even my mom could eat it during her cancer healing journey.

So, we collaborated with world-class pork and chicken farmers, and now our family and families across the country could have access to Colorado’s Finest Pork and Chicken. Our organic & holistic approach to land and animal care produces AMAZING grass-fed meats that you can feel good about feeding your family too!

We are excellent stewards of the earth, promote life in all forms, produce healthy grass-fed meats in a way that regenerates the land, support an excellent quality of life for our community, and have absolute honesty and integrity in all of our relationships.

– Bill, Kelli, Cloe, John, and Oliver

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Every day there is a new challenge to overcome and problems to solve, especially in agriculture and then again in business. My parents founded Parker Pastures with three little kids under toe as a first-generation ranch which had a huge failure rate, yet through droughts, illness, financial struggles, and other opticals we grew and continue to provide more and more Coloradans with Colorado’s Finest meats!

Then, this year when I took over to help my parents run the business because of personal reasons, I had to overcome limiting beliefs, quickly gain knowledge, and continue to build a business durn a recession as a 19-year-old female in agriculture. Talk about things stacked against success, yet here I am with a thriving business and fat cows.

As you know, we’re big fans of Parker Pastures. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
local• grass-fed •grass-finished •organic •lifetime grazed •regenerative

COLORADO’S FINEST

GRASS-FINISHED BEEF & LAMB + PASTURE-RAISED CHICKEN AND PORK

We raise Colorado’s Finest beef, pork, lamb, and chicken in the pristine mountains of Gunnison and Crested Butte, CO using regenerative agriculture practices, resulting in a meat-like unlike anything else. Rich in flavor and nutrients, pure deliciousness!

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Our food system and our nation’s health are terrible and so very broken as we saw and are seeing with food shortages. We have become so distant from who grows our food and how it’s grown.

Like roots in the soil, we have to get back to the land. Whether that’s visiting a ranch or buying a steak directly from a ranch, we must work together to bring resilience, health, and abundance back into our kitchens and tables.

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