2 heritage roosters and 2 Pioneer chickens walking through a grassy pasture.

Our Story

Why We Started Cooks Venture

We Couldn't Find What We Were Looking For

So we became farmers

It started on 800 acres of farmland in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, when we joined forces with third-generation poultry farmer Blake Evans and began growing our unique heritage chickens. We engaged with regional crop farmers to grow feed using regenerative farming practices, while developing our chicken farm, hatchery, and processing plant to pave the way to a reimagined meat industry.

From there, we began building relationships with cattle ranchers, pork farmers, and fishermen across the country. We help them to implement our systems to build soil fertility, sequester carbon, and create biodiversity. It’s good for the land, and it results in deeply flavored meat.

Cooks Venture founder, Matt Wadiak, kneeling in a forested pasture surrounded by baby chickens.

Creating Access to Excellent Food

“Most of us aspire to eat food that is good for us, but many of the buzzwords that we see on food labels no longer mean what we think. At Cooks Venture, we are committed to providing food for you and your family that is unparalleled in quality and taste, while leaving the earth better for the next generation.”

Matthew Wadiak, CEO & Founder of Cooks Venture

The founding team of Cooks Venture.

You Have the Right to Know What's in Your Meat

Despite the pastoral images and marketing claims, almost all meat today comes from mainstream operations that are labeled with greenwashed buzzwords. Finding food that is good for both us and the planet doesn’t have to be this hard.

At Cooks Venture, we’re building an alternative to America’s meat industry, to deliver great food from independent, regional farms. Our core values include a commitment to true transparency, and prioritizing the health of the land and the well being of our workers.

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The outside of a Cook's Venture chicken house with dozens of chickens pecking at grass and bugs.

Good Food is Vital For Health and Happiness

It’s why regenerative farming is paramount to our mission

It’s all connected. We know that healthy animals and a healthy environment are good for our health too. We know you’ll love our food, it’s truly astounding. When you purchase our chicken, you’ll be casting your vote to build a more responsible food system. Together, we can create a better farming economy.

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