NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Hermitage Hotel is Tennessee's location for luxury accommodations. But the 5-star hotel now owns a Dickson County farm.
Owners of the hotel recently purchased a 245-acre farm in White Bluff where staff will raise cattle as part of a sustainability program started in 2008.
The home-raised beef will eventually be served at the hotel's Capitol Grille.
"What we will do initially is we'll work on growing great grass and have a good place for our cattle to feed and grow," said executive chef Tyler Brown.
Since 2008 the members of the hotel staff have worked a vegetable garden at the Land Trust for Tennessee's Glen Leven farm in Nashville. There they gained the knowledge of what it takes to bring food from farm to table.
"Understanding what it takes to grow the vegetable from the seed to where we get it on the plate," Brown explained.
In addition to the vegetables grown at Glen Leven, the hotel has raised nearly two dozen head of cattle. Recently that beef has been graded prime.
Local sustainability has been a priority for the hotel in recent years.
"It's really been woven into the fabric of who we are at the Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille," said Janet Kurtz, the hotel's director of sales and marketing.
The newly purchased land in White Bluff will be know as Double H Farms. A full time farm staff will run the operation, with help from hotel staff.
The Capitol Grille's executive chef said the farm is a clear indication of the hotel's commitment to excellence on every level.
"We try to bring our guests in and do everything at the highest level we possibly can," Brown said.
Once cattle start to graze at Double H Farms they will eventually plant corn that will be turned into The Hermitage Hotel brand grits.