Have you ever dreamed of a life in the country on your very own homestead? You know, somewhere far off from the beaten path, where there is less pollution, noise, people, and rules? Well if you have, you are among a growing trend in the US. According to Newswire.net, in an article dated July 8, homesteading is a growing trend in the US and is becoming more and more popular as the years trudge on. Part of living a homestead life is self sufficient living and sustainable living practices.
This involves raising and butchering your own meat as well as growing as much of your own food as you can. Unfortunately, the butchering of your own animals for meat usually takes learning, it is not something you can just jump right into. Small scale animals such as chickens and rabbits are easy and do not take classes, although there is a right way and a wrong way to butcher even these small animals. But when it comes to butchering your own hog, sheep, or com, to name a few, it can get downright ugly if you are not versed in the butchering skills.
Fortunately, we have Farmstead Meatsmiths. According to the news release on their kickstarter campaign, “Farmstead Meatsmiths teach Homesteaders to humanely harvest the animals they raise. They assist homesteaders with animal harvesting, use traditional methods and offer hands-on classes from slaughter to sausage making.” Although Farmstead Meatsmiths are small scale livestock processors in the Puget Sound region of Montana, they train homesteaders to ethically and economically butcher the animals they raise themselves.
They also assist homesteaders with the butchering, they use heirloom methods and give on the home training classes in everything from how to take the animal for butcher to how to make your own sausage. As this takes money, they are down to the nitty-gritty and want to be able to continue this project for homesteaders, so they have started a kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter.com is a site where people can go to raise funds for certain programs, small business butchering included.
People can come and donate funds and receive gifts for the donation and help make their dreams become reality. Even if you can not donate any funds, Brandon and Lauren ask that you at least share and pass on the information and link on their Kickstarter campaign so others may have the chance to take part in this push towards self sufficiency and sustainable living that will benefit all homesteaders.