When my rabbit story aired on This American Life in December, I received an amazing amount of emails from people all over the world who wanted to know if there was a Meat Collective where they lived. Or, if not, how they could start one. It’s always been my goal to be able to create a model for butchery education and alternative meat economies that could be applied virtually anywhere. And with all of the emails I’ve received, I think it’s time to figure out how to really make that happen. At the same time, I’m also ready to really recalibrate the Portland Meat Collective as well–which means rebuilding the website, finally making those t-shirts and aprons everyone’s been asking for, and thinking about how to make Portland Meat Collective a better resource for everyone who is interested in rethinking their relationship to meat.
What does all of this mean? It means that in addition to offering the usual butchery and charcuterie classes, I’m going to be working really hard this year to launch PMC 2.0. Please keep your eyes out for a Kickstarter campaign in February to help raise money for PMC 2.0. Also, if you are one of those people interested in starting a meat collective where you live, be sure to sign up for our newsletter so that you can receive updates on the training program I’m starting to work on. It’s my goal to launch a Seattle Meat Collective this year and to use that experience create a comprehensive online and in-person training program for individuals and communities who want to start their own meat collective elsewhere.
Happy New Year Everyone!