MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges

Garden Gate

7. What’s Your Beef?


  • Research the difference between grass-fed beef and that which is corporately raised.
  • Write down what you learned and how, if at all, it has changed your mind about the meat you eat.


  • Read the book BEEF: The untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World by Andrew Rimas and Evan D.G. Fraser.
  • Find a local rancher who sells locally raised meats to help in your search.


  • Raise a beef cow of your own. When it comes time to harvest it share it with someone along with the information you have learned.

  • OR

  • Find a local rancher and buy direct from him/her.
  • Contact the rancher you located in the above search and ask if you can come out and interview him and tour his/her ranch.
  • Share what you have learned on our Farmgirl Connection chatroom under Merit Badge Chit Chat.

(The book required for this badge is available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; e-mail

April, 2024 Edition