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Local Meat-Processing Facility Is Key to Regional Food System

Central Grazing’s Founder and Head Shepherdess Jacqueline Smith shares how funding from the Douglas County Commission will help expand Central Grazing’s capacity to be part of creating a more resilient food system.
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Central Grazing Company in the News

With just a handful of multinational corporations controlling our food system, communities everywhere are vulnerable to global supply chain issues. The instability of this system most impacts small and mid-sized farms and ranches. At Central Grazing Company, we work within the food system to create more resilient supply chains, equitable distribution models, and ethical and regenerative ways of raising animals. By investing in more regional supply chains, we can create a more resilient food system that allows farmers to sell outside the corporate monopoly. But to reform our food system, we must first address the greatest challenge of the lack of processing facilities to accommodate smaller operations.

Central Grazing is working in community with local stakeholders to secure our regional food system by building a facility as a community resource for local food sovereignty. The Douglas County Commission recently granted Central Grazing Company funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to develop Kaw Valley Meats, a proposed meat-processing facility. In this Lawrence Journal-World article, Central Grazing’s Founder and Head Shepherdess Jacqueline Smith shares how funding from the Douglas County Commission will help expand Central Grazing’s capacity to be part of creating a more resilient food system.

“I have a big passion for creating food systems that respect the entire supply
chain, from the workers who work the land to farmers — they should be paid a
living wage and not poverty rates,” Jacqueline told the Lawrence Journal-World. “We should have animals that are well cared for on the soil, and we should be stewarding the land in a way that can help the resiliency of our local communities.”

With the new meat processing facility, Central Grazing can encourage new entrepreneurs to enter the local-level food and farm industry and offer a more resilient food system for the Lawrence community. Keep learning about how Central Grazing is putting community back into the food system and collaborating with regional partners to localize supply chains.

Read the Full Article in the Lawrence Journal-World.

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