Come learn what the buzz about a regional meat processing facility is all about on the evenings of Sept. 17 and 18 in Amador and Calaveras counties.
In 2010 CalaverasGROWN secured a grant from the USDA to study the feasibility of and plan for a livestock processing facility for the Central Sierra region. While this idea is nothing new, this recent effort has finally gotten the train moving towards the creation of a USDA inspected livestock harvest and processing facility.
The steering committee, which includes members with diverse backgrounds from throughout the Central Sierra region, has done an enormous amount of research, investigation, planning and modeling and is now ready to present these findings to the greater community.
All those who are interested in a USDA inspected livestock processing facility are invited to come out to one or both of our upcoming public meetings in Sutter Hill Sept. 17 and again the next night, Sept. 18, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. The findings will be presented to residents, business people and potential investors. Both meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
The agenda is 6:30 p.m., introduction and history of the need for this project; 6:45, overview of the models and information compiled; 7 p.m., plans for specific facilities and locations; 7:30 p.m., questions from the public.
• Monday, Sept. 17, meeting location is at the Amador County Health and Human Services Building, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek. There will be a grass-fed beef dinner available before the Amador meeting.
•Tuesday, Sept. 18, meeting location is Angels Camp at the Calaveras County Fair Frogeteria, 101 Frogtown Road Angels Camp. There will be a half hour social, starting at 6 p.m. before the Calaveras meeting with food and drinks provided.
For more information, visit the Website at CalaverasGROWN.org or contact Carina Bassin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to the meeting on Sept. 17, the Amador Resource Conservation District will host a workshop on niche meat marketing. The workshop will run from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. at the same location as the meeting. Regional livestock producers and meat marketers Dan Macon and Dan Port will present an information rich session along with other knowledgable presenters.
Between the workshop and the Amador meeting, there will be a grass-fed beef dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., free for those who RSVP to email@example.com.