FLOYD COUNTY — My visit to a farm last week inspired the same sentimental feelings those trips always do.
As I scratched a pig’s back and laughed at the ornery turkeys pecking a hole in a feed bag, I thought about how neat it would be to live on a farm.
But then I yanked my thoughts back to reality, because I know farming is one of the most difficult, dangerous and least profitable jobs — especially livestock farming, which brings with it prohibitive processing laws and high feed costs.
That reality gives me great respect for what Floyd County resident David Maren is trying to do with Tendergrass Farms, a new online store that sells grass-fed Virginia meat and ships it all over the country.
“What Tendergrass Farms is offering is convenience for both sides,” said Maren, 23. “We’re trying to do the legwork so it isn’t hard to be the farmer or hard to be the consumer.”
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