The former proprietor of Rahal Design Studios, Michael Rahal retired from that position to purchase 59 acres in Caney Fork Creek in Fernvale, Tennessee. Transforming it into Rahal Farms, he practices holistic farming and sustainable living to create ecologically friendly foods.

Michael Rahal places high value on compassionate animal husbandry. Responsible for thousands of heritage hens, he understands how treating animals properly can produce better-tasting eggs. The fresh eggs from his farm contain significantly more beta carotene, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients than conventional, store-bought eggs. 

Considering compassionate animal husbandry as connecting to a human's primal self, Mr. Rahal divides his philosophy into three main components: knowledge, communication, and compassion. Knowledge refers to learning what goes into properly caring for each species so that they may achieve their best emotional and physical health. Communication requires that farmers observe each individual animal so that they can recognize changes in demeanor. Finally, compassion requires being attuned to the fact that animals possess the same feelings as humans in order to construct an overall environment that contributes to their happiness. 
Rahal Farms, a sustainable farming initiative created by Michael Rahal and located in Fairview, Tennessee, plans on adding the Center for Culinary Sustainability to its current operations. As an entity distinct from but operating in partnership with the farm, the school’s mission entails educating the public on proper nutrition and the impact of diet upon the land. The school will encourage a vision of sustainability in the face of a culture presently disconnected from the animals and land upon which the food supply depends.

The Center for Culinary Sustainability, created in partnership with renowned Chef Jamie Watson, will furnish students with courses tailored to specific seasons. These courses will emphasize the use of quality local ingredients, include Rahal Farms products, and instruct students in the proper technique of food preparation. In addition to their sustainable themes, the courses will offer guidance on the production of breads, preserved meats, and flavorful cheeses.

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