Stacy Martin began her agronomy career in conventional agriculture after obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in soil and land management. She worked within factory farms for a decade, first as an agronomist for a large dairy CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) in Wisconsin, and later as an environmental regulator of CAFO’s for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Throughout this same time period, Stacy was raising her own animals for food on 40 acres of land in Junction City, Wisconsin. She first rotationally-grazed beef cattle on healthy pasture to produce 100% grass-fed beef, and later added free-ranging chickens and pastured pigs. Her at-home “hobby” of producing food at the small scale was quite contradictory to the mega farms she spent her weekdays working within.
Stacy’s career working in conventional, large-scale agriculture provided her with firsthand evidence of the negative consequences to this food production system, as well as the lack of true environmental protection.
On Earth Day 2016, she quit her job and decided to put all her energy into the type of system she believed in: small-scale food production where the animals are raised with love and according to Nature’s principals. She named her passion MooPoo Ranch and began focusing on a life that is lived in alignment with Nature.