Posted March 4, 2015
So much has happened since our last blog post! First, two more meat collectives have launched in California. The Southern California Meat Collective and Meat San Diego, a Meat Collective-style educational and event program based in San Diego. Yes, they are both in Southern California. We trust they'll each figure out their own space and role as meat educators in that very populated and sprawling area of the country. For now, SCMC seems to be based around Anaheim and Orange County. SCMC's first two classes have already sold out! Meat San Diego plans on holding a lot of events and classes in San Diego but also across the border in Baja, Mexico. In fact, Camas Davis, president of the Meat Collective Alliance, recently traveled down to San Diego to meat with founder Jaime Fritsch, who took her on a meat-eating tour of northern Baja. In April, the San Diego folks are hosting a very exciting "History of Carnitas" event across the border! We're so excited for both entitities and we look forward to watching them grow.
With the launch of these two meat collectives in California, we think it's safe to say that the West Coast is truly representing right now! We've now got six meat collectives strung along I-5! Very exciting.
In other news, we at the MCA have expanded our board by a few people and begun doing the important and necessary things a new nonprofit board must do in order to ensure the long term viability of the organization. This means a whole lot of meetings and committee formations and documentation. In January, our board attended a day-long training just to learn the ropes of being an effective and responsible board member. Now, we are moving forward with program strategies, organizational and fundraising planning, marketing projects, a bigger and better website and more. We think of this year as our planning year. It might take us some time to get all our processes and plans in place, but trust us when we say we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the meat collective movement is a strong one in the long term. Stay tuned!