“Tara and I really get into what it takes to own and run your own farm! We talk about the human’s place in the circle of life, as well as how to be self-sufficient and how important it is. Sit back, relax and learn something!”
Tara Couture from Slow Down Farmstead joins us today on the podcast to talk about her life on a family farm and the model for nutrition that she thinks could change the world! With a family history in farming and a deep connectedness to the natural world, it is no surprise that Tara ended up in her current role, living off the land and raising livestock to be slaughtered in the way that she sees fit.
We hear from her about her education and learning in the ways of this kind of farming and the very important mentor she had in earlier years. She talks about the multitude of different cows and how each species can be used, before explaining a little of the day to day life on Slow Down Farmstead. Tara shares her feelings about nature, nutrition and what it really means to have a meaningful connection with the world around us and this leads into a favorite topic of the show, nose-to-tail nutrition! She also shares some helpful tips on becoming more engaged in local produce and how to know what you are really eating.
Remember to check out our great show sponsors, Wild Foods, at wildfoods.co and use the code ‘paleomag’ for a wonderful 12% discount!
Key Points From This Episode:
- Tara’s background; military experience, education in nutrition and family life on the farmstead.
- Early years and the memories of a farm that stayed with Tara.
- The evolution of Tara’s farm practice to the small farmstead she currently runs.
- A look at the Slow Down Farmstead and their model for selling and bartering.
- Differences between cows that have been raised for milk or beef.
- Day to day practices on the farm and the family operation they run.
- Connection to the land, nature and animals; the experiences that shaped Tara.
- The feeling of a spirit leaving and moving on when an animal is killed and turned into meat.
- What it means to love animals and Tara’s belief in honest conversations.
- Participation and exposure to farming practices and slaughters in the space.
- Canadian laws and regulation around on-farm slaughter and the sale of the meat.
- The nose-to-tail philosophy and Tara’s passion for this approach to meat-eating.
- Tara’s tips for cooking tongue and why she loves it crispy fried!
- Advice for researching and getting into the nose-to-tail lifestyle.
- Some exciting information about the forthcoming book that Tara is writing!
“I feel passionate about raising animals humanely.” — Tara Couture [0:12:04.6]
“You have to allow yourself that gift of accepting things that are never quite done.” — Tara Couture [0:17:23.3]
“When that life force is extinguished in the body that spirit moves on.” — Tara Couture [0:34:39.5]
“That’s what life is, you get to know people, you make friends, you have these relationships with people that you love and care about.” — Tara Couture [0:41:52.8]
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Wild Foods — https://www.wildfoods.co/
Slow Down Farmstead — http://slowdownfarmstead.com/
The Biggest Little Farm — https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_biggest_little_farm
The Devil in the Milk — https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Milk-Illness-Health-Politics/dp/1603581022
Eatwild — www.eatwild.com
Weston A. Price Foundation — https://www.westonaprice.org/
The Genius Life — https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062892819/
Max Lugavere — https://www.maxlugavere.com/
My little chat with the marvelous Bill Schindler @drbillschindler is live on the Modern Stone Age Diet summit.
I’ve really been enjoying the summit so far. So many of my food heroes on there spreading their wisdom.
I hope our interview answers many of the questions I get about feeding kids real food and tips on how to make things delicious, economical, and doable at this time in the world when convenience trumps all and real nourishment is made out to be unrealistic and illusory.
Welcome to the Human Performance Outliers Podcast with hosts Dr. Shawn Baker and Zach Bitter. For this episode, Tara Couture from Slow Down Farmstead joined the show. Tara is a farmer, nutritionist, butcher, hunter, and nose to tail ancestral nutrition advocate.
The lovely Vanessa of @ketogenicgirl had me on her popular and informative “Fast Keto” podcast that was just released. It was so nice to speak with her about all things small farming and some other things I’m passionate about including feeding a family well in a connected and economical way.
Tara Couture farms her own food, utilizes the entirety of the animal, lives as green as possible, and she cares about this planet. If you’ve listened to any amount of Restless Natives, you know that could not be more up my alley.
Tara’s blowing up right now on social media. She’s fighting the good fight, discussing her lifestyle and her diet, which is certainly not mainstream. She gets challenged and she pushes back. It’s great to see her stand up for what she believes.
I do have a fear for Tara, though. As she continues into this journey as an unintended social media influencer, the battles she’s fighting today may be won, but the war won’t stop. I hope she can maintain her enthusiasm for educating and explaining, and I hope she can maintain her patience. It’s hard to do that for very long without becoming a cynic or just completely defeated.
I think you’ll agree with me though, I think Tara’s got the energy it takes to keep on fighting that good fight. It’s probably all of that animal fat powering her brain.