Most consumers have never even met a real butcher, someone responsible for the respectful slaughter and traditional meat processing of locally raised livestock. USDA approved slaughterhouses have put an end to all that with the processing of animals located as far away from the consumer as possible so that the horrific practices of factory farming of animals can be kept hidden.
Farmstead Meatsmith aims to change all that.
A personal, small scale livestock processor in the Seattle area, Farmstead Meatsmith is seeking to produce a series of free, instructional videos on the lost art of home meat provenance and traditional butchery.
Livestock harvesting is clearly a missing link in the chain of sustainable agriculture.
Farmstead Meatsmith, owned and operated by the young and passionate Lauren and Brandon Sheard, is motivated by the empowerment this kind of old-world knowledge promises to deliver to burgeoning agrarian communities and traditional family kitchens alike.
Lauren and Brandon’s goal is to lay one more step on the path towards a new food culture by reviving homestead meat provenance, but they need your help to help spread this campaign to a vast audience through social media and email.
They are also seeking donations, no matter how small, to fund this project. They are currently 1/3 of the way to their goal of $10,000 to fund the webisode production with 37 days to go in the campaign.
Their project is close to my heart as my own grandfather was a butcher and I have often been saddened that the lifelong career of which he was so proud has become nearly extinct in recent decades.
Can you help Lauren and Brandon on their mission? Watch this short video and be inspired by their passion and then click here to see how you might be able to help.
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. Her work is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.
Her work has been covered by major media including USA Today, ABC, NBC, and many others.