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Their Motherland
Pawnee Nation Visitors Honored Guests at Soil School

Electa Red Corn talks about the Blue Corn and its meaning for the Pawnee Nation.

Our journey with the Pawnee Nation began a few years ago in Nebraska.  Deb Echo-Hawk; Electa Red Corn and her daughter, Tawali Irene; along with Ronnie O’Brien, instructor at Central Community College, were giving a presentation about the Pawnee Sacred Corn, its deep spiritual meaning for the Pawnee Nation as well as their goal to grow their own corn and feed their people.  Deb Echo-Hawk’s vision is the foundation of all of this.  We thank her with all our hearts. 

The Ficke Cattle Company – Graze Master Genetics family is just embarking upon this journey.  Since our paths first crossed with Deb, Electa, Tawali and Ronnie, we have been able to visit the Pawnee in Oklahoma.  Also, Mee-Kai Clark and Kahheeta Barnoskie are interns who have been traveling across Nebraska monitoring their sacred corn progress at plots throughout the state, including here at Ficke Cattle Company.  In addition, just this past week, members of the Pawnee Nation were our honored guests at the Soil Master School we held at Ficke Cattle Company.  Pawnee
visitors to the school included:  Electa and her daughter, Tawali; Princella Red Corn and her son, Arthur; Bobby Robedaux and his son, Jess. 

Ficke Cattle Company is located on the Pawnee motherland.  It is where they were living and were then pushed out after senseless, inhumane government policies were put in place.  They were here when my Great, Great Grandfather Johann Ficke settled in this part of the country in 1869.  That first winter, the Pawnee living at Middle Creek, shared food with Johann and his family, sustaining them through the winter and ultimately sustaining the future of our family. 

Today, as we read of more agricultural corporate mergers, huge acquisitions and the continued mining of the precious resources of water and soil, we are circumventing all of that complexity and chaos at Ficke Cattle Company.  We are, in simple terms, connecting with neighbors who take an interest in what we are doing and making new friends, states and nations away.  We are collaborating with the Pawnee and learning from them and hoping they too can learn from our mistakes and our renewed focus on regenerative agriculture. 

The Pawnee have entrusted us with their Pawnee Sacred Seed and we do not take this trust lightly. We are humbled to grow a plot of Blue Corn for them.  We are inspired by their visits to this corn and the blessings they bestow upon each plant and our land. 

This exchange is an extension of histories colliding again – after the unfathomable pain and loss the Pawnee people have endured as well as the strength and resolve they have shown.  This time, we have that history to learn from and those lessons of truth to move forward in a more wise fashion into the future.  It is our shared humanity at the center of all of this – agriculture, food, people and the earth we all share. Not our earth, God’s.  It is that understanding of our shared humanity that we pray makes a real difference in real lives.

This is the Pawnee motherland.  We are learning from their connection to the earth, long established before we arrived.  Now it is time to come together for the sustenance of all.  
The following is a link about the Pawnee Mother Corn that was written by both Deb Echo-Hawk and Ronnie O’Brien.  We encourage you to learn more about the amazing mission the women are unfolding in Nebraska.

We would also like to send a big thank you to Gregg and his son Chase Eggerling for their role in planting the corn.
Mee-Kai blesses the corn as Del looks on

Bobby Robedaux learns about soil health from Nate Belcher.

Kahheetah graces the corn with her presence too!

Future's hope.
Mandela Washington Fellows 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela
To say we were honored to host the Mandela Washington Fellows at Ficke Cattle Company would be an understatement.  These young leaders from Africa are the game-changers when it comes to building their local communities from the soil up.  We were inspired by their vision and their appreciation of our most precious resources – soil, water and people.  We look forward to continuing the connections we made as our neighbors on the “glocal” level come together to solve the most complex and important issues of our time.  Thank you for understanding our mission to regenerate our farms, ranches and communities one heart moved in the right direction at a time. 
The following link explains more about the Mandela Washington Fellows:

Soil armor, soil biology, soil sustenance and so much more!

Matt explains how the chicken tractor he designed benefits the soil and helps raise healthy chickens. 
Graze Master Cuisine

We love being connected to Tom Clutter’s sustainable food delivery business.  Marrow Market & Meats, in Lincoln, Neb., is connecting nutritious, local food to customers all over the city.
Tom sent us some of his favorite Graze Master Beef and Graze Master Chicken recipes to share with all of you! Learn more at:
Honey Hot Graze Master Chicken with Beet Risotto  

Half of a chicken. 
Three tablespoons of olive oil.
One bunch of chopped cilantro.
Two tablespoons of honey.
One teaspoon of crushed red pepper. 
One teaspoon of cayenne or hot sauce of choice.
Three chopped beets.
One cup of Arborio rice.
One diced red onion.
One tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Over medium high heat place red onion and rice in a sauce pan.

Add water until rice is covered, stirring as it cooks to avoid sticking.

Continue adding water, then beets to the rice and simmer until tender.

Stir in balsamic and simmer slowly over low heat. 
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Marinate or toss the chicken in mix of cilantro, pepper, honey and oil.

Bake chicken for 20 to 25 minutes until fully cooked. 

Sprinkle with more spice to taste and enjoy.
Graze Master Beef Rosemary Roast

One roast that is two to three pounds.
Three teaspoons of fresh or dried rosemary leaves (the fresher the better).
Three tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
Three teaspoons of Kosher or sea salt.
One teaspoon of ground, black pepper.
Preheat the oven to 365 degrees.

Mix together the marinade of rosemary, balsamic, salt and pepper.

Place roast in a large mixing bowl with the marinade and completely cover with seasonings (four to 10 minutes).

Place marinated roast on a large, seasoned sheet pan and cover with any remaining marinade.

Bake for 12 to 20 minutes, checking for desired temperature (12 to 13 minutes for medium rare, 14 to 16 minutes for medium).

Note:  Oven temperatures may vary, so check for desired doneness!

Graze Master Beef

Enjoy those final days of summer grilling as we head into tailgating season and harvest celebrations this fall. 

Our Graze Master Herd is bred with the core belief that animals must excel maternally and be naturally accountable. Our cattle are raised on non-GMO, forage-based nutrients and are free to live out their lives in a holistic pasture setting.

As Great Grandpa H.F. Ficke said, “We are feeding and raising our animals well so our neighbors can be fed well.”

We take meat orders any time and can deliver to Seward, Pleasant Dale and Milford (or special delivery upon request).  Call Del Ficke at (402) 499-0329 or email We sell individual beef cuts and quarters, halves and wholes.

Graze Master Chicken Pre-Orders

Thank you Graze Master friends for making our first chicken harvest such a success!  We sold out and look forward to serving all of you with our next batch that will be ready after August 24.  Pre-order today!

Our Kosher King/Silver Cross Chickens are hybrid birds that are great alternatives to the Cornish Cross as meat birds.  The Kosher Kings have a more natural growth rate and are vigorous and healthy foragers.  Kosher Kings are a perfect for natural farms practicing organically.

We believe animals should live out their lives in non-stressful environments which in turn provide high-quality meat when butchered.  Our whole chickens are available for delivery to all of Seward and Lancaster counties.  We sell them for $3.50/lb. 

Please call Emely Hendl anytime at (808)-436-7939 or email


Pangea Nursery in the News

Andy Waltke is a new friend from Omaha, Neb.  Here Andy is kneeling down in his new “farm plot” where the idea of Pangea Nursery is taking shape.  He is sitting next to a Peruvian plant called the Yacon that is helpful in treating diabetes. Waltke also currently manages the General Biology Labs and the campus greenhouse at Creighton University in Omaha, maintaining all the labs and working with professors to reach 600 or more students every semester.

Here is a link to his story: 

Thank you for reading . . . 

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”
D.H. Lawrence
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