The Biermans of Twisted Oaks Meats
Did you really know what you wanted to be when you grew up? And did you do that?Good for you if you've been that clear all along! And good for you if you changed directions 150 times and still landed in a wonderful position in life. For Cory and I, that is the case. Cory was going to run a parts store away from the farm with his family when he grew up, which he did until his father passed away, then was a professional cowboy, then a large construction group foreman and now a farmer. I was going to be an attorney when I grew up, who had some cows. I was going to go to work to afford to raise cattle and kids. So I went to massage school, bought some cows while in college at the University of Iowa, rented some pastures, started a massage business, got into law school, decided that was actually a really bad idea, and still massage, raise cows, pigs, chickens, & kids and get to feed you from the livestock breeding program that I started all those years ago in college (yes, it was a VERY long time ago!). Of course, this is extremely condensed, but you get the point: No matter what we thought we were going to do, the farm was always the constant for Cory and I both. And now we are here to feed you and keep eliminating the footprint along the way!
We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for visiting us at twistedoaksmeats.com and for the ability to introduce ourselves to you. We are fifth and sixth generation farmers of east central Iowa, contained within the Mississippi River Basin. Having spent our entire lives on the farm, Cory and I (Jamie) are happy to help train the next generation of farmers for you. Jaydon, Adeline and Luceille work beside us tending the animals, fences, equipment, or whatever else needs done that day. You will meet them at our pick up locations. They are just as involved as we are and likely just as competent. They love the vision we've created. Cory and I grew up in a more conventional model of farming, but have been transitioning into a more regenerative model of animal production for about a decade due to the indisputable health of every facet: the land, animals and humans we serve. Our goal is to eliminate the carbon footprint of meat production. The grass fed and finished beef is produced on rolling hills of clover, grass, alfalfa and whatever forbs the cattle choose to eat. They get new, fresh grass daily. The pasture pork is fed non-GMO grain and live largely in the timber where they disrupt the earth and eliminate brush and weeds while living their happy, gluttonous lives. The pasture poultry is moved to fresh grass daily in their portable cages (as protection from predators), leaving behind a trail of fertilizer, and always have choice access to non-GMO grain as well. The true heroes of the farm are the laying hens. These girls cover miles in a day, cleaning up the pasture of weed seeds, bugs that inhibit production in the cattle, and scratching the fertilizer (cow pies:) into the dirt, making it readily available for grass growth in the next cattle rotation. Plus, they make delicious eggs! We do have our fair share of trials, including weather, the market and the ever-present shortage of time. This is nothing new to us, we've been doing this for our entire lives. However, we have a clear vision and mission no matter what the day may bring, and that includes the ability to feed YOU, making any sacrifice worth it! We cannot wait to meet you at our next pickup date:)