Carlos L. Valery Jr. is the fourth generation in his family to be farming, and currently raises grass-fed beef on his farm, Orinoco Cattle Products and Farms, in Meredith, NY. Carlos immigrated from Venezuela to live in New York City, but after a few years working in Brooklyn, he decided to move upstate and start his own beef cattle operation. Carlos connected with a landowner through the Farmland for a New Generation New York website who shared his commitment to sustainable cattle grazing practices and already had the right farm infrastructure in place to support his dream of raising pastured beef.
Carlos purchased 115 acres and leases an additional 300 acres from neighboring farms to graze his herd of black angus cattle. He currently sells his delicious grass-fed beef through Slope Farms, which supplies co-ops, butchers and restaurants in NYC and beyond, as well as directly to consumers. Next year, Carlos hopes to increase his herd size and market his beef products through a new farm stand that will sell frozen ground beef, hamburger patties, and other premium cuts. Carlos recently joined the board of the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship to advise the organization on ways to support beginning and Hispanic farmers and is a firm believer in farmers supporting other farmers through the sharing of knowledge.