During the course of this work, Glynwood spoke to farmers, butchers, chefs, writers, and other experts who illustrated the acute need for local, humane, and high-quality slaughter facilities. This video documents some of those conversations.
With the popularity of local food on the rise, Washington state farmer Cheryl Ouellette raises pigs to meet the demand. However, small farmers often can’t process their own meat. A mobile slaughterhouse program brings a USDA-licensed facility to farms to benefit farmers, animals and “locavores.” Sabrina Register of KCTS reports.
Watch Mobile Slaughterhouse Helps Wash. State Farmers Meet Demand for Local Food on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
We’re constantly urged by food reformers to “connect with our food.” This imperative resonates widely. It underscores our desire to know our farmers, frequent their markets, and even get dirt under our fingernails in the quest to understand where food comes from. The prophets of this creed–Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman and Slow Food USA (among others)–have inspired a fast paced, fast food nation to slow down and be deliberate about what we eat. There’s no denying that benefits have ensued, and that they bode well for the future of the American diet. Continue Reading
Sam Anderson slaughtered the chickens in the cooler himself. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)
It may seem like summer has slipped away in Boston, but we still have many more weeks of farm stands and farmers markets to look forward to.
The demand for locally grown food has skyrocketed in recent years, but there’s one area where Massachusetts farmers have had trouble satisfying demand: meat. Livestock farming has a lot more start-up costs and regulatory hurdles associated with it than farming vegetables.
Take chickens — they’re actually quite easy to grow, but meat animals destined for the consumer market have to be slaughtered in USDA-approved processing facilities. There is, currently, no legal chicken processing facility available to small-scale farmers in Massachusetts. Continue Reading