North Cascade Meat Producers Cooperative is holding a Membership Meeting on Wednesday, April 20th at the Burlington Public Library’s Rotary Community Room. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and business will be attended to from 7-9. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there! If you’re interested in joining the NCMPC and would like to attend the meeting, please email ‘email@example.com’ or call 360.255.7112.
NCMPC members are always welcome at Board meetings and are encouraged to attend! The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 at the Burlington Community Center’s conference room at Mellon Park, 1101 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington, WA 98233. The Board of Directors meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Meetings may be held in-person or as a teleconference. Check the website and Facebook page for meeting times and location announcements. For information on how to dial into a teleconference, please contact Asche Rider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Cascade Meat Producers Cooperative welcomes our new General Manager, Asche Rider. Asche, a Bellingham resident, comes to us with training and experience in finance, marketing, management and meat cutting. We are excited to have her on board as we move into the business phase of our cooperative.
Growing up in a rural farming community in the Midwest instilled in Asche a deep respect for land, livestock and the work required to be a steward of both. She has experience in finance, management, and food service, including working at a premium full-service butcher shop in Chicago. At the butcher shop she performed a broad range of duties including trimming meat and occasionally working with the butchers breaking down larger cuts. Asche has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Western Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in Iowa. She believes deeply in creating robust local food systems, self-sustaining communities, and has a strong personal drive to use business for good. In her free time, she can most often be found hiking, sailing, reading, or biking.
As of June 30, 2013 the North Cascade Meat Producers Cooperative stands with 30 members and $51,500 in capital raised, as well as securing a $65,000 “matching funds” loan commitment from the Whatcom Community Foundation. The cooperative’s current business plan requires a total of $105,000 in capital from memberships, as well as another $290,000 in financing in order to open for business. The Board of Directors has determined that there will not be a sufficient level of producer engagement to enact the current plan. Therefore we would like to consider moving forward with a scaled-down business model that will still provide expanded regional processing capacity and market opportunities, while providing value and a good return to members. READ MORE
Published: April 12, 2013 in the Bellingham Herald
By PATRICK GROVER — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Many of us who are connected to raising, processing, purchasing and eating local meat have watched all the hubbub surrounding meat slaughter-packing plants and Whatcom County zoning regulations with a keen interest. Meat producers in Northwest Washington have traditionally utilized several methods of getting their animals to market. Many young animals are sold at auction as feeders, shipped far away for finishing and processing, and then distributed to who-knows-where. Some local animals that are raised to maturity may be sold at auction, either in Everson or in eastern Washington, with most being processed out of the region.