A Tale of Two Harry’s: Raising Organic Beef

Posted on April 3, 2011 by


            The first time I saw Harry Marshall, Sr. driving the Springview Farms pickup truck, I thought he might have been a

Harry and the truck

foreman or superintendent for someone’s agricultural enterprise. And I was right . . . sort of. This thrice-retired army colonel, civil service personnel administrator, real estate broker, is co-owner and operator of Springview Farms, specializing in certified, verified, organic Angus beef. (Bro. Harry is also president of the Cumberland County, VA NAACP Branch.)

              His partner is also named Harry – Dr. Harry Marshall, Jr. – who is known in the family as “Mike” because his mother wanted to eliminate the confusion of having two Harry’s in the household. Dr. Marshall is a trauma room surgeon and professor at the University of North Carolina Medical School. He also does frequent service at Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, VA. In his “spare time” he is the driving force for the Springview Farms enterprise. Of his schedule, Harry Jr. says, “It gets crazy sometimes, but it’s rewarding.”

            The growing concerns about health factors, shipping expenses, and shelf-life in U.S. food production are among the factors that brought Springview Farms into being. This enterprise seeks to serve those who desire quality, locally-grown beef which is free of hormones and antibiotics, USDA certified, age and source verified.

            The Angus stock is pampered and prepared for their destiny on the Springview Farms acres, located off route 307 in Jetersville, VA, where Harry Sr. attends to their daily nutritional needs. He says, jokingly, that their diet of specially selected grains and grasses is better than his own diet. When the time is right, the stock is sent for processing at a USDA certified plant, where an on-site veterinarian oversees the operation.

            Springview currently has a small but growing clientele who get first-class, personal service from Harry Sr. The beef is sold in 30 lbs. orders, at $8 per pound, with a variety of cuts, some that sell for $15 per pound and more in conventional grocery stores. The processed beef is stored in Springview’s walk-in freezer, located on Toggle Road in Prince Edward County, where the Marshall’s plan to have their first retail outlet in the near future, which will feature a variety of organically-grown food products. For the present time, you can call Harry Sr. if you are interested in an order: 804-561-3651 or 434-390-7661.

                                                                                                                                                –Bro. Mxolisi