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How To Start A Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative

By   /  August 4, 2014  /  1 Comment

This is a work in progress. But if we all pitch in, it’s something that will help all of us who need the benefits of a good co-op.

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New York State is losing a farm every three days and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. When a farm closes, the fields return to scrub within a year. In Washington County, New York, a group of 8 farmers is attempting to stop this from happening to them.  They’ve banded together to form a cooperative to sell beef to local restaurants in an effort to save their own farms and perhaps bring others back.

Grazers: A Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative is a documentary film being finished by Sarah Teale and Lisa Jackson have spent the last two years filming the farmers and their struggles to create a successful cooperative.  They’ll be setting up viewings of the final product with elected officials across the country who are in a position to aide farmers and ranchers.  They’ll also be sharing it with consumers to help them understand more about where their food comes from and how hard farmers work to feed them.  The documentary will also be a good learning tool for other farmers and ranchers interested in their own cooperative ventures.  By seeing the challenges this cooperative faced and how they approached solutions, you can skip their mistakes and create some new ones of your own.

You can make this project a reality by participating in the Kickstarter project to fund taking the film from rough cut to final cut.  Sarah and Lisa need to raise $15,000 by August 11.  Send what you can, and think of it as an investment in your own future and your own possible cooperative.

Watch the Trailer

Here’s the link for you tablet readers.

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About the author

editor and contributor

Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

1 Comment

  1. Kathy Voth says:

    I just backed these folks because I think that this is a great project and one that will benefit all of us. Only a few days left to make this a reality, so do check it out.

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