Bessie empowers honest and responsible farmers and producers to get their food (and story!) to people.
PRAIRIE RANCHERS (ARMENA, AB)
"The five members of the co-operative have been helping one another for over 20 years, each partner bringing different strengths and roles to the table for the betterment of the whole. We share a passion for leading innovative approaches to raising the best quality beef while respecting our land, our animals, and the strong tradition of working cows with horses.We view our land as a biological asset and believe that the key to producing healthy beef is by having healthy animals living off healthy land. All our cattle are raised without the use of antibiotics, added hormones or steroids. By optimizing the use of forages and science-driven feeding strategies, we thrive in maintaining a year-round supply of fresh premium quality beef."
To see more of life on the farm, check out their website Prairie Ranchers.
GRIEG SEAFOOD (CAMPBELL RIVER, BC)
Since 2001 Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. has been responsibly farming salmon in the pristine waters off Vancouver Island, BC’s Sunshine Coast and Norway. Operating 22 farm sites and a land-based freshwater hatchery in the town of Gold River. Grieg Seafood has been awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood, and has initiated a program to attain Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification.Salmon farming is a tightly regulated industry. Grieg Seafood works with governmental agencies such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the BC Ministry of Environment to ensure BC is a world-leader in its standards for aquaculture. Many of the regulatory requirements to hold an aquaculture licence relate to ongoing testing, monitoring and reporting.
Check out their website Grieg Seafood.
UNO MUNDO (SOUTH PACIFIC)
Ocean Wise certified, Uno Mundo buys the tuna from a series of artisanal fishermen within the area of FAO 71 (this area, categorized as Pacific, Western and Central, is flanked by Vietnam and Java in the west and Australia in the south). A World Wide Fund for Nature oversees this area and ensures that fish stocks remain at sustainable levels. The South Pacific Tuna Loins are caught by sustainable, troll fishermen. Each fish is bled, lined, and individually vacuum-packed to preserve freshness.
Learn more about Ocean Wise and how they are promoting sustainability at https://seafood.ocean.org/.
We want to connect with more local farmers and producers (for more regions and for more types of protein). If you are interested in working with Bessie to reach your community, please send us a message via our contact form.