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Check out our Kickstarting the Butcher Shop project
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 08:57:31 AM »

We raise pastured pigs in northern Vermont and are solving the meat processing bottleneck by building our own on-farm USDA inspected slaughterhouse, butcher shop and smokehouse. Yes, I really mean we, our family, is building it. Literally setting every nail, screw and yard of concrete. Tying every piece of rebar and designing the facility from the ground up. It's a family project. Homeschool meets USDA.

Why? Because currently my wife must drive a whole day every week to deliver our pigs to the butcher hundreds of miles away and then pickup the meat.

Why? Because the processing costs us 50% of our income.

Why? Because doing it here on farm is more humane for the animals, gives our customers better quality meat and saves fuel cutting pollution.

Why? Because vertical integration and just-in-time farming means less waste, more sustainability and better security for our food system and our family.

Right now we're running a Kickstarting the Butcher Shop at Sugar Mountain Farm project to raise funds for equipment. We're 90% done with construction of the portion to bring meat cutting on-farm. We have achieved 118% funding already, achieving our $25,000 goal in less than 30 days. In the remaining two weeks until May 15th we're working to Kickstart funds to help pay for materials for the next step, the abattoir, to bring slaughter on-farm before winter.

Why Kickstart? Because banks said, "We're not lending to new or expanding businesses" and government said, "You're too small."

I hope I've piqued your interest. There's a story. Kid's building a family farm's own USDA inspected meat processing facility. A different way. Just-in-time farming. Vertical integration. Breeding to charcuterie all here on Sugar Mountain Farm.


-Walter Jeffries
Sugar Mountain Farm
Pastured Pigs, Sheep & Kids
in the mountains of Vermont
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