First thing's first. Get in touch with us! We want to know who you are, where you're located, and what resources you might already have to work with. We also want to give you a better idea of what it takes to start a Meat Collective and become a part of the Meat Collective community. Once you email us, someone from the Meat Collective Alliance will call or email you to ask a few questions and answer any questions you may have. We'll share some basic requirements for starting a Meat Collective, as well as some simple Meat Collective standards of practice. If you remain interested, are committed to becoming a part of the Meat Collective community, and are ready to get started, we'll give you access to the "Mighty Meat Collective Startup Guide," an ebook written by Camas Davis, founder of the Portland Meat Collective, the very first Meat Collective of its kind. In this 95-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
By purchasing the guide you essentially become a member of our community. As a member, the MCA, as well as the growing number of Meat Collective owners and leaders, will serve as your guides, mentors, and co-conspirators. We'll add you to our closed Meat Collective Leaders Facebook page. We'll keep you up to date on changes in regulations and standards. We'll make sure that you have access to other Meat Collective Leaders who can provie you with advice and mentorship. And we'll continue to check in with you to make sure you have all the information you need. In return we'll expect you to follow some basic guidelines and standards as part of the community. The MCA is working hard to create an ongoing program (online and offline) of certification, training, mentorship and guidance. As you develop your Meat Collective, we'll continue to develop and roll out tools and resources that will ensure your success as well as good standards of practice within our growing community. We'll all evolve together!
Ready to get started? Email us!