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October 16, 2012

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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) READ MORE

September 16, 2012

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Membership Evening Coming Up October 3rd

  • Are you considering membership with North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative?
  • Are you a local grocer, restaurant or institution buyer interested in a dependable supply of local, pasture-raised beef, pork and lamb?
  • Are you a community supporter interested in the creation of sustainable, local food systems?

If you answered YES to any of the above then we would LOVE to have you at our upcoming Membership Evening on October 3, 2012 READ MORE

September 16, 2012

North Cascade Meats growing standards for Lamb.

Growing Standards for Lamb Sold Under the North Cascade Meats™ Brand

These are the specific standards applicable to LAMB.

  1. Market animals to be sold under the grass-fed standards shall be pasture raised. When pasturage is unavailable, stored grasses (including hay, haylage, grass silage and alfalfa can be utilized. Grain, soy, corn silage or concentrate are not to be fed.
  2. Animals may be sheltered due to: 1) Lambing/nursing, 2) to protect them from extreme weather conditions, 3) to prevent fungal hoof infections nurtured in the soil during wet weather.
  3. No growth hormones shall be used in production.
  4. The routine use of antibiotics is prohibited. (Sub-clinical)
  5. Vaccinations and worming medications are allowed.
  6. The pasture standard requires no commercial (petroleum based) fertilizers and no pesticides applied to the field.
  7. Grazing animals cannot have a detrimental impact on riparian areas. READ MORE

September 16, 2012

North Cascade Meats Pork Growing Standards

Growing Standards for Pork Sold Under the North Cascade Meats™ Brand

These are the specific standards applicable to PORK.

  1. Market animals to be sold under the grass-fed standards shall be pasture raised. ( supplemental grain, nuts , seeds, fruits and other nutritious foods may be fed as well).
  2. Animals may be sheltered due to: 1) Farrowing/nursing, 2) to protect them from extreme weather conditions, 3) to prevent “pugging” of the soil during wet weather.
  3. No growth hormones shall be used in production.
  4. The routine use of antibiotics is prohibited. (Sub-clinical)
  5. Vaccinations and worming medications are allowed.
  6. The pasture standard requires no commercial (petroleum based) fertilizers and no pesticides applied to the field.
  7. Grazing animals cannot have a detrimental impact on riparian areas. READ MORE

September 12, 2012

Beef Growing Standards for North Cascade Meats Brand

Growing Standards for Beef Sold Under North Cascade Meats™ Brand

The founding members of the cooperative have developed common production standards for beef sold to the co-op that goes into the North Cascade Meats™ wholesale program. The standards for beef include: READ MORE