Mary Jane Phifer, Heritage Cattle Farmer – Biographies – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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Mary Jane Phifer, Heritage Cattle Farmer

Occupation: Farmer, SteelMeadow Farm; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (when she needs a day off of the farm)

Residence: Mansfield, Mo.

Background:
Mary Jane has been a graphic designer and holds degrees in art education and nurse midwifery. She and her and her husband raise Irish Dexter cattle and Valera Spanish goats, utilizing intensive grazing methods. They also keep bees, gardens and preserves, and prepare food in a variety of ways, including canning, baking, cheesemaking and general cooking.

Mary Jane’s SteelMeadow Farm has raised goats and poultry since 2004 and began with Irish Dexter cattle in 2006. The 82-acre farm is located in the Missouri Ozarks.