Carman Ranch, a family-owned operation in eastern Oregon, raises grass-fed, grass-finished cows. Cory Carman, who runs the ranch, has developed a model that allows customers to buy a share in a live cow; the ranch will then harvest and process the animal according to customer specifications. Carman works with a small local company that processes her cows, and she and her family have cultivated a strong following among a tight group of Portlanders who seek an alternative to industrial meat. When …

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