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Two men. one shared vision.

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce the highest quality and best-tasting beef that is fed and finished exclusively on the sweetest-tasting grass to create a superior flavor profile. We strive for the greatest level of sustainability on our farm, by using regenerative farming methods. This regeneration of the land ensures premium health, tranquility and respect for our animals, employees, community and customers.

Why The Green Cow?

We believe our industry can do better. It’s no secret that, as U.S. beef production has grown to unprecedented levels, we’ve compromised many of the best practices handed down to us from generations before. Consumers deserve beef that is healthier and more nutritious than what mass-market products provide. Instead, we’ve created an environment where beef is raised from nothing but the grass, soil and sunlight as nature intended.

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A Story of Authenticity

Our farm is the culmination of the vision of brothers-in-law Leigh Goehring and Doug Thompson, who are committed to producing the best tasting, most nutritious, Omega-3 fat rich, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef. Together they are committed to continuing the rich, regenerative farming tradition of Herkimer and Otsego Counties in Upstate New York.

Leigh’s knowledge of global agriculture and food supply, combined with his passion for gardening, inspired his investment in a more natural and sustainable process of raising cattle. Doug Thompson left his corporate job to build G&T Farm, from the ground up. His approach was to listen to the local Otsego County community, across generations, that had the expertise in farming the land of the Richfield Springs region. To ensure that the G&T cattle were consuming the sweetest grass the team could grow, they brought in leading industry experts to grow and raise the sweet grass that today fuels the herd.

In 2009, the duo acquired their first parcel of land in Richfield Springs, NY, with its unique soil, known as honeoye (pronounced “honey-oy”), and the abundant natural spring water supply. These conditions allow for diverse grasses with healthy root structures to flourish across our rolling hills and pastures. In 2017, the farm added its own local USDA-certified abattoir, fulfilling the duo’s original vision to ensure that every tender, mouth-watering and nutritious cut of beef comes from cows that are bred, born, and raised and finished on our farm and prepared and shipped by our butchers.

Our Tranquil,
Nutrient Rich Location

Our farm is located in Richfield Springs, NY, founded in 1792 and situated in central New York. The area, known by natives as “Big Medicine Waters,” is celebrated for the natural nutrients of it’s beautiful rolling hills landscape. A gateway to Cooperstown, NY, where our store is nestled and home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, there is a wide variety of other things for tourists to enjoy in the area. We invite you to visit our store and, while you’re at it, enjoy all that Otsego County has to offer.

Too Far to Visit,
But You Can Still Enjoy

You can enjoy a taste of our single origin NY state beef through our online butcher shop, where our butchers will prepare, vacuum seal and flash freeze your order. Orders ship directly from our abattoir one day a week (Tuesday), with two-day delivery, in most cases. Orders placed by 11:59pm on Saturday will be prepared and shipped the following Tuesday. Your order will arrive frozen, and can be placed in your freezer for up to one year. When you’re ready to prepare, simply thaw according to instruction.

THE GREEN COW STORE

Our Butchery

Hours

Open 7 Days a week

11:00 am – 6:00 pm

From Our Team to Your Plate

It’s important to know the people that are delivering the food that you and the ones you care for enjoy. With us, that’s possible. For you, we have assembled an incredibly talented team who are expert at their craft and committed to delivering superior, flavorful and nutritious beef products to your table.
Doug
Thompson
Co-Founder

Doug Thompson,
Co-Founder

Doug personally oversees all facets of our business, including grass-fed and grass-finished cattle experts, soil and pasture management, ranching, sustainability, and nutrition. He’s also on a mission to make sure that staff and community engagement remains a top cultural priority. Doug is not only committed to producing exceptionally-tasting and nutritious beef products for the customers he values, he is equally driven to treat the land, animals, employees, customers and community with the highest care and respect. Together with Leigh Goehring, he has proudly shaped our farm into a growing business that is committed to producing beef within mother nature’s image, as nature intended. 

Leigh
Goehring
Co-Founder

Leigh Goehring,
Co-Founder

Fascinated with the lost science of animal husbandry, as practiced centuries ago, Leigh knew that he had found his calling. He became a student of cattle genetics, agroecology and sustainable agriculture and grass-fed and grass-finished livestock in beef provision. Then, with his brother-in-law, Doug Thompson and a team of experts by his side, a parcel of land in upstate New York was purchased, providing the perfect climate and soil conditions to grow their shared vision. The rest is history. Now, when he has a moment to himself, one of his favorite pastimes is taking his dogs for a walk around the pastures, taking in and appreciating the beauty of the farm and business that he, his partner and his team have pioneered.

SANTANA
FASSETT

Santana Fassett

Santana is completely focused on ensuring that our cattle and everyone consuming our beef is healthy and thriving. It’s a good thing, then, that Santana loves working in nature and overseeing the animal life cycle, each year. She particularly enjoys preparing for the different seasons of the farm, such as calving and breeding season. With a degree in Agriculture Business from SUNY and a background in veterinary care, Santana’s main role on the farm is managing daily herd operations, including oversight of staff, inventory, winter forage and cattle health management, record keeping, and pastures. If you think that’s a desk job, think again. Santana is sure to be found right where our cattle (and our customers) need her—on the farm and out in our pastures.
Kathleen
Harris

Kathleen Harris

A lifelong farmer, Kathleen has an Agricultural degree from Penn State University. She has held positions as a livestock specialist for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and as the Processing and Marketing Coordinator for the Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company, where she interfaced with 15 livestock processing plants and 200 farmers. As a Livestock Processing and Marketing Specialist, Kathleen assists with the meat science aspects of the business and special projects.

Tina
Douglas

Tina Douglas

While our butchers are cutting meats, Tina is cutting checks. As the bookkeeper and payroll coordinator for the farm, Tina is familiar with all aspects of the daily finances and staff. She’s all about the green just as much as the cows are. As a former dairy farmer, Tina is passionate about agriculture and enjoys being able to be part of this operation and her additional roles in promoting Agriculture Education. With her love of Agriculture, this position enables Tina to be involved with the farm, watch the compassion her co-workers have for the animals and land, and see a high-quality product being grown.

Tonya
Barnes

Tonya Barnes

As Director of Operations of our butchery, Tonya keeps our human herd trotting. Having held so many positions—from meat wrapper to office manager—she knows every nook and cranny of our butcher business. Today, she is responsible for maximizing all butchery resources. Tonya enjoys the challenge of coordinating operations and the staff to ensure that customer expectations are met—and exceeded—at the highest level of quality.

Karen
Slowick

Karen Slowik

Karen keeps our customer service front-and-center, managing our retail store and online butcher shop. She ensures the customer is receiving the best service we can provide. Karen is a people person, who enjoys getting to know her customers, hearing how they are preparing and enjoying our products and taking the time to make them feel special. Before joining us at the farm, Karen spent 21 years running retail food service.

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