On-farm Butcher Shop at Sugar Mountain Farm-Pastured Pigs

by rebecca on Friday, April 27, 2012 - 5:55 pm

in bacon!, local, organic, pork

We haven’t been promoting kickstarter projects on the meatblog because we’re just drowning in pitches and we just can’t decide how to choose what to endorse. Recently, our wonderful friends, Rick and Sarah, at Terrapin Garden Farms brought this project to my attention and after reading more about their plans I was really impressed. Plus, I know Rick and Sarah and they can vouch for the project for me, so I feel I can tell you about it in good conscience.

Walter Jeffries, owner of Sugar Mountain Farm is using kickstarter to raise $25,000. Why? They can tell you better than I:

Our family is building a USDA inspected on-farm butcher shop where we’ll process our delicious, naturally raised, pastured pork and make creative charcuterie. Our passion and vision is to have the complete circle of life here on Sugar Mountain farm.

Funds will help us finish the butcher shop construction this summer by purchasing materials and equipment such as a meat saw, grinder and vacuum packager so that we can reward you with our delicious pastured pork!

You can read more about the project and the careful planning that’s gone into it their kick starer page: On-farm Butcher Shop at Sugar Mountain Farm-Pastured Pigs. They’ve got a little over $23,000 in pledges so far, and a pretty great variety of rewards for their backers.

In case you’re unfamiliar with kickstarter: ubless they reach their goal ($25,000) in the next 17 days, they don’t get any of the pledges.

In the interests of full-disclosure, we haven’t backed this project, but we probably will make a small pledge if we can. Just so you know.

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Walter Jeffries April 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I wanted to update you on the project here at your blog and thank you for helping us spread the word. We just made 100% funding of our goal for the butcher shop. Any additional funds will be able to go towards the next step in our project, the on-farm slaughter and then later the smokehouse. Check out this post:


To visit our project see: http://smf.me


Walter Jeffries
Sugar Mountain Farm
West Topsham, VT

rebecca May 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

Congratulations! This is amazing!

Mike May 1, 2012 at 2:46 am

Very nice congrats to Sugar Mountain. I hope they publish a guide for others to use in starting their own on site slaughterhouse. This would be very helpful to the small farmers trying to get through all the red tape.

Walter Jeffries May 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

Mike, that is a possibility, a few years down the line after everything is finished and running smoothly. Until then I’m documenting the journey on my blog. See http://SugarMtnFarm.com/butchershop and you may also find this of interest:


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