Happy Sheep: Raising & Shepherding Good Meat at Kinderhook Farm

VideoBy Liza de Guia on Sep 9, 2012
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“This farm raises animals in a way I feel happy eating.”

Meet Anna Hodson, the young and gentle, sheep loving shepherd at Kinderhook Farm in Ghent, NY. I made the journey from Brooklyn, 3+ hours upstate to visit Anna and learn about good shepherding. Being a meat consumer, I wanted to see for myself what the life of happy grass-fed sheep looks like – how a local farm dedicated to producing great tasting meat also prides themselves on the care and concern they give to each and every animal.

Over 400 sheep are now raised and rotated on hundreds of acres of beautiful Hudson Valley farmland at Kinderhook, huge growth for a farm that started with only 20 ewes in 2009. Touring the operation up close, it’s easy to understand why their meat is in such demand: these are animals that get to live good lives, tended to by loving farmers, outside in the sunshine, eating healthy greens, flowering plants, weeds and clover that give unique, grassy flavors to their meat. It’s lamb that tastes like what lamb SHOULD taste like!

So enjoy this little story on Anna Hodson. I’m sure she’ll convince you, as she convinced me, that their farm raises animals you can feel really good about eating.

To try Kinderhook Farm’s grass-fed lamb, you can visit their farm store in upstate New York, or check out one of the following butcher shops in New York City:  The Meat Hook, Marlow & Daughters, The Green Grape, Foragers Market and Harlem Shambles.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!


  1. Beautiful video Liza! We’ve had two lambs born this week on the farm and several calves too. It’s a great time to visit the farm for those folks who are interested in seeing animals raised on pasture. Please check out our website, http://www.kinderhookfarm.com, and Facebook page for more information!

  2. Mary says:

    How wonderful. I love when Anna says that she knows her sheep. I was reminded of the scripture passage where Jesus says, “I know my sheep and they know me.” We are to care for the land and the animals as good stewards. She is doing this.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      She is doing it in the most beautiful, humane way I’ve ever witnessed. I really appreciated people who look after animals with pride. I hope you meet more people like her. Thanks for stopping by! xxLiza

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