CADE (Part 1): Building Artisan Slaughterhouses to Feed the Demand for Grass-fed Meat
In this fascinating video, Chris Harmon, the Executive Director of CADE
, the Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship in New York State, discusses what the organization is doing to help maintain and grow regional agriculture. As the demand for local grass-fed meat grows, more facilities are needed to process the animals and ensure that farmers stay viable. CADE has been working with upstate farmers since 1991 to develop new farms, enhance production and profitability for existing farmers, support locally-owned agricultural businesses so they thrive; and introduce farmers to environmentally sound production practices. Small slaughterhouses like Larry’s Custom Meats
, help farms remain viable, but these are few and far between. CADE has been working to change that and they have estimated that these ventures could bring in an extra $3-4million annually through local sales alone. CADE believes that food production in New York State could help supply a growing demand for locally grown, grass feed, organic meats throughout the East Coast. By providing small grants and technical assistance to farmers, the organization helps them examine their needs, challenges, and opportunities to determine their next steps.