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October 16, 2012

Membership Evening Draws Producers, Buyers and Community

On Wednesday, October 3rd the North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative hosted a Membership Evening at the Market Depot (Farmer’s Market) in Bellingham, WA. There were 70 producers, supermarket/institution buyers and community in attendance. (See event photos below)

“There is a strong level of interest from the market and community,” commented Jeff Voltz, Project Manager from Northwest Agriculture Business Center. Additional energy, however, is required to build enthusiasm and engage participation with local meat producers in order achieve $130,000 in member equity, which is required to move forward as a solely farmer-owned cooperative.

Board Members will be meeting later this week to discuss next steps.

Producers wanting to participate in and benefit from a farmer-owned USDA meat processing facility and branded marketing program are encouraged to ask questions or find out more as soon as possible.