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FYI,

John

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>Subject: Fwd: FOOD FOR THOUGHT:   Lopez Community Land Trust's Mobile
>   Slaughter Unit
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>John:  don't know if you are on this listserv (below ) or not but the idea
>of a mobile Meat Processing Facility  is one that bears watching for VT
>with has such a shortage of them.....Read on
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>>From: Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: FOOD FOR THOUGHT:   Lopez Community Land Trust's Mobile
>>   Slaughter Unit
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>>Hi Folks,
>>
>>Please see the following from  a colleague in Washington State.  I
>>understand that there are units in use in the Northeast Region.  We would
>>like to feature these in an upcoming issue of the Farming Alternatives
>>Program Newsletter.   Any information you can provide would be most
>>appreciated.
>>
>>Heidi
>>
>>
>>
>>PRESS RELEASE
>>February 3, 2002
>>
>>                                              THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE!
>>Mobile Meat Processing Unit Receives USDA Grant of Inspection
>>
>>  The Island Grown Farmers Cooperative recently received their Grant of
>> Inspection to operate a US Department of Agriculture-inspected Mobile
>> Meat Processing Facility. The first on-farm USDA inspected processing of
>> beef and lamb took place last week on Lopez Island, WA. The first of its
>> kind in the U.S., the Mobile Meat Processing Unit is the result of
>> several years of patience and hard work on the part of local livestock
>> producers, Washington State University Cooperative Extension, Lopez
>> Community Land Trust staff and numerous supporters. Funded and developed
>> by the LCLT, the Unit will be operated by the Co-op, traveling
>> throughout San Juan County to slaughter beef, lamb, pigs and other meat
>> right on the farm. The USDA inspection will enable local farmers to
>> directly sell their meats by the piece to local residents, stores and
>> restaurants.
>>
>>The Mobile Meat Processing Unit is the first phase of the San Juan County
>>Food Processing Center, which will eventually house a meat cut-and-wrap
>>and cold-storage facility as well as other food product preparation and
>>educational facilities at the site recently secured by the LCLT near
>>Lopez School. It is hoped that educational and research opportunities in
>>sustainable agriculture will be incorporated into the Center through
>>partnership with the school and local 4-H. WSU Cooperative Extension
>>Service has been integrally involved in the planning and development of
>>the Food Processing Center and Extension Service Director Tom Schultz
>>looks forward to the day when the FPC will enable Extension Services to
>>be more readily available to farmers and residents throughout the islands.
>>
>>While rural communities across the nation watched the process, the LCLT
>>and the IGFC discovered that creating the mobile unit was no easy feat.
>>In fact it required many partners to make it happen. USDA Rural
>>Development, and the U. S. Forest Service provided grant funding for the
>>project and the LCLT is conducting a major donor campaign throughout the
>>islands to match the grant funding with local monies. Bob Dickson of
>>Oregon State University and Dr. Richard Dougherty at Washington State
>>University have provided immeasurable assistance from the early planning
>>stages through the test slaughter last week. Locally, the project has
>>benefited from the active support of the WSU Cooperative Extension
>>Services, the Islands District Economic Development Council and dozens of
>>local residents. Lopez farmer, Bruce Dunlop, has served as a consultant
>>to the LCLT providing project management and engineering design work for
>>the development of the Mobile Unit.
>>
>>Now that the USDA Grant of Inspection has been received and a trial
>>slaughter held, the unit will undergo several months of testing and
>>commissioning, including demonstrations both locally and in nearby
>>counties. By June the Co-op and the Mobile Unit will be ready to offer
>>full services to local farmers. County farmers who wish to join the
>>Island Grown Farmers Cooperative may contact the President, Bruce Gregory
>>at 360-378-2309 or [log in to unmask] No farm is too small to benefit
>>from the support of local farming provided by the Mobile Meat Processing Unit.
>>
>>For further information contact the Lopez Community Land Trust at
>>360-468-3723 or [log in to unmask]