The Mighty Meat Collective Startup Guide
The Mighty Meat Collective Startup Guide
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The Mighty Meat Collective Startup Guide

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Completed on 2018-09-27

About the Book

In 2009, Camas Davis founded the Portland Meat Collective (PMC), a one-of-a-kind traveling butchery school and meat buying resource in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the PMC has offered hundreds of hands-on, whole-animal butchery, slaughter, and meat utilization classes to thousands of people who wish to learn how to source, butcher, cure, and cook local, humanely-raised, sustainable meat. The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Dark Rye, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Sunset and many other national media outlets have written about Camas Davis and the PMC. As a result, hundreds of people across the country have expressed interest in launching a Meat Collective in their community. In 2013, Camas Davis raised money to help three more communities launch their own Meat Collectives. Now, she has pooled all of the knowledge and experience that she's acquired while building the Meat Collective movement into one definitive, unique, detailed e-book: The Mighty Meat Collective Startup Guide.

In this 100-page guide, prospective Meat Collective leaders will learn how to:

  • Navigate federal and state meat regulations
  • Hire class instructors
  • Find kitchen space
  • Assess potential Meat Collective farmers
  • Advertise and market classes
  • Get media attention
  • Build a brand
  • Create a sustainable business model
  • And much more

Camas Davis will share proceeds from the sales of this book with the Meat Collective Alliance, a nonprofit corporation made up of concerned butchers, consumers, farmers, and chefs whose mission it is to work toward sustainable, equitable, responsible meat production and consumption by building meat education programs of depth and breadth across the country.

Disclaimer:

This book is presented solely for educational purposes. Reproduction is strictly prohibited. The author and publisher are not offering it as legal, accounting, or other professional services advice. Every individual, community, and company is different and the advice and strategies contained herein may not be suitable for your situation, or in your municipality, county, state, or country. You should seek the services of competent legal, accounting, and other professionals before starting your own Meat Collective or other meat education business. While best efforts have been used in preparing this book, the author and publisher make no representations or warranties of any kind and assume no liabilities of any kind with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents and specifically disclaim any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness of use for a particular purpose. Neither the author nor the publisher shall be held liable or responsible to any person or entity with respect to any loss of any kind, direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information or programs contained in this book. By using the information contained in this book, you agree to defend and indemnify author and publisher should either be sued by a third party for any matter arising out of or relating to your use of the information in this book. By using the information contained in this book, you waive any and all claims of any type that you may have now or in the future against author and publisher for any matter arising out of or relating to your use of the information in this book, including but not limited to claims for defense and indemnity by author or publisher if a third party commences legal action against you. To the extent the waiver of claims contained herein is deemed ineffective in any way, by using the information contained in this book you agree that the liability of author and publisher shall be limited to the amount you pay for this book. Without in any way limiting the waiver of claims contained herein, by using the information in this book, you agree that any and all claims for any matter arising out of or relating to your use of the information in this book will be brought only in the Circuit Court for the County of Multnomah, Oregon, and that mediation with a mutually chosen mediator is a precondition to any action in court.

About the Authors

Camas Davis
Camas Davis

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Good Meat Project
Good Meat Project

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Table of Contents

  • LEGAL NOTICE
  • MEAT COLLECTIVES: AN INTRODUCTION
    • THE BASICS
    • MEAT COLLECTIVE PREREQUISITES
    • WHAT DOES THE MEAT COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY EXPECT OF YOU?
  • RULES AND REGULATIONS
    • STUDY UP
    • DECIPHERING THE BEWILDERING BUREAUCRATIC BLACK HOLE
    • STATE REGULATIONS ARE (POTENTIALLY) YOUR FRIEND
    • SAMPLE PROPOSAL
    • OTHER POTENTIAL REGULATORY HURDLES
  • CLASSROOM SPACE
    • INS AND OUTS OF A MEAT COLLECTIVE CLASSROOM
    • GETTING CREATIVE
  • FARMERS AND MEAT SOURCING
    • THE PRICE OF MEAT
    • WHAT MAKES A GOOD MEAT COLLECTIVE FARMER
    • HOW TO FIND FARMERS
  • MEAT COLLECTIVE INSTRUCTORS
    • COST OF INSTRUCTORS
  • BANKING & ACCOUNTING
    • ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAYS
    • BOOKKEEPING
      • CHART OF ACCOUNTS
    • STARTING BUDGET
      • CLASS INCOME/EXPENSE
        • BASIC PIG BUTCHERY CLASS INCOME & EXPENSE
        • SAUSAGE MAKING CLASS INCOME & EXPENSE
  • BUSINESS STRUCTURE
  • LAWYERS AND LEGALITIES
    • NECESSSARY LEGAL DOCUMENTS
  • BUILD A WEBSITE
    • YOUR CONTENT
  • BRANDING & DESIGN
  • MARKETING AND PROMOTION
    • NEWSLETTERS
  • EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
  • INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
  • FIND HELP
  • MEDIA COVERAGE
  • YOU ARE READY TO LAUNCH!
    • MOVING FORWARD
  • APPENDICES
    • APPENDIX 1: PMC WAIVER OF LIABILITY
    • APPENDIX 2: LIVE ANIMAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    • APPENDIX 3: OPERATING AGREEMENT
    • APPENDIX 4: CHART OF ACCOUNTS

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