Hello, my name is Nathan Manning. Our family started into the meat business because of me. Like many Canadians of my generation, I believed in the importance of environmental sustainability and also valued the social benefits of agriculture, such as egalitarianism and the contribution of rural and small-town perspectives to society. In 2008, my parents Sandra and Preston, invested in the ranching side of the business.
A lot of work has been done since!
I live in Calgary now and manage the meat side of the business. I'm also at the Ranch and on the phone a lot with our on-site employee. We have a saying, "There's always something to do at the Ranch". Since May 2016 my mom, Sandra, has been in Vancouver overseeing Tango's Gourmet Meats, located in the West End, Vancouver.
It's been a lot of work but my parents and I are glad we took the plunge. It's all about the ideas, the living things and the people - and providing flavourful, healthy food!
The Ranch is located near Elkwater, Alberta. At present, the land is certified organic by Ecocert. In past years we were able to certify the cattle and meat and we want to get back there, but at present can't as some of the animals have to go to a community pasture for part of the year. But until we get back there we still don't use growth hormones or other needless injections, and any animals we give antibiotics to, as other sick animals, we remove from our meat program and sell into the commodity market (where they will end up as your non-organic food)!
We believe in organic certification because in our opinion it's the best certification out there.
This is how the system works: federal legislation (the Canadian Organic Standards) governs organic production and products, stipulates what "organic" means and details that in respect to all parts of the supply chain. Then a private, third-party company, in our case our certifier Ecocert, visits the farm or business and monitors compliance with the Standards. Also many people in Canada worked for many years to develop the Canadian Organic Standards, and knowing about this gives us further confidence in this system.
Hopefully this information can give our customers confidence.
If you have any questions, contact us.
P.S. I encourage you to take a look at some photos of our ranch here.