Ground Chicken Dark Meat

Finely Ground Chicken, made from boney dark meat chicken utilizing Beehive®-type bone exclusion technology. Read More

Finely Textured Pork

Finely Textured Pork Trim, derived from pork bones using pressure-based advanced meat recovery technology. Read More

Ground Chicken Breast

Finely Ground Chicken Breast, made from boney chicken breast utilizing Beehive®-type bone exclusion technology. Read More

Ground Turkey

Finely Ground Turkey, made from boney dark meat turkey utilizing Beehive®-type bone exclusion technology. Read More


Fully rendered preservative free pork lard. Read More

Who We Are

The Tendergrass Farms vision was born from my own life experience. Having owned and operated my family’s organic livestock farm, I knew firsthand both the value of our organic chicken, turkey, pork, and beef as well as the challenge of selling the entire animal. There were frequently certain organic meat and poultry cuts that we couldn’t even give away for free.

As a husband and father of eight growing children, I also knew that organic meats were very expensive. Even in my own home, difficult decisions often had to be made between cost and quality. I recognized that we were not alone.

In 1999, we set out on a journey that would eventually bring resolution to this paradox. Today, Tendergrass Farms does one thing extraordinarily well: by utilizing the whole animal, we offer organic, NAE, and clean label meat products to further processors and brand owners at an astonishingly competitive cost. Thank you for partnering with us in our vision of Sustaining Families™.

At your service,

John Paul Houston


Tendergrass Distinctives

  • Certified organic, NAE, & clean label meat and poultry ingredients
  • Extraordinarily competitive price points
  • Distinctive whole animal utilization business model
  • Empowering consumers to make healthier food choices
  • Creating new demand for organic, NAE, & clean label meats with budget-conscious consumer segment
  • Research and development support

Why Choose Us


We produce certified organic, NAE, and clean label meat and poultry ingredients


We endeavor to provide manufacturers new access to organic, NAE, and clean label protein options at extraordinarily competitive price points


Creates new demand for organic, NAE, and clean label meats with budget-conscious consumer segment


Distinctive whole animal utilization business model reduces waste, creates exceptional value for the manufacturer, and increases industry efficiencies which lowers primary-cut costs


Cost-engineered premium protein ingredients that enhance brand value perception in better-for-you foods space


Our whole animal utilization model increases the supply of premium protein from high animal welfare, premium, and niche livestock production systems


Cost-engineered premium protein ingredients empower consumers to make healthier food choices


Tendergrass Farms offers product formulation and R&D services to help our customers determine the best applications for our unique products


  • David Maren

    David grew up on top of Muddy Creek Mountain in Greenbrier County, West Virginia in a vegetarian hippie family. From an early age, however, he had a passion for eating meat. The subculture that he grew up in strongly emphasized the importance of sustainable organic farming, so he was introduced to alternative protein production methods at an early age. Before the age of 14, David owned a goat (which he used to convert his lawn into protein) and he frequently helped butcher organic chickens on his neighbor's small organic farm. Eventually, David took a job running his father-in-law's organic livestock farm in Floyd, Virginia. It was there that David became acquainted with the challenges of whole carcass utilization and the high cost of organic meat. Within a few short years, Tendergrass Farms was born from his vision of making affordable organic meats available to everyone through a novel whole animal utilization strategy. As a Christian, David’s goal of sustaining families flows out of a desire to work to the glory of God with humility, kindness, and love.

    Chief Executive Officer - David Maren

  • John Paul

    John Paul has spent his career in finance with a well-rounded background in both small and large enterprise management. A seasoned entrepreneur and business professional, he has founded multiple firms in the agribusiness and investment sectors. Despite his ample success in many sectors of life, John Paul is most proud of being a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He and his wife Lorraine strive to raise their eight children and six grandchildren in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A native and life-long resident of Floyd, Virginia, John Paul has served in numerous capacities ranging from his early days as a manager with Virginia Farm Bureau to his more recent role as the chairman of the Bank of Floyd and Cardinal Bankshares Corp.

    President - John Paul

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