Rabbits are back, trendy and profitable

Patrick Beck,  New England Grass Fed with Brian, Naomi with “Pogie” a Silver Fox buck (male). “Mr. Kitty” looks on. The Marvelle - Smythe family raises six pens of rabbits for New England Grass Fed.

Patrick Beck, New England Grass Fed, with Brian, Naomi and “Pogie.”  “Mr. Kitty” looks on. The Marvelle – Smythe family raises six pens of rabbits for New England Grass Fed.

Once a meal of necessity, common among rural and depression-stricken families, rabbit is now back in favor. Grass-fed, pasture raised rabbits grace menus at high-end, trendy restaurants.

Patrick Beck, owner of New England Grass Fed, is a former landscape architect and grass-fed beef salesperson; Beck started a business raising and selling rabbits two years ago. During the summer of 2012, Beck sold six to twenty rabbits weekly to RI and CT chefs. [more]


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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