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Chef Duskie Estes & Her Fight for Farmers

Melanie Wong | Jul 13, 201709:59 AM

" . . . There were four issues we were fighting for, and we only lost one: a permit for a new brick-and-mortar slaughter facility in Marin County. But we got the three other pieces: first, allowing Marin County farmers to take advantage of the USDA exemption for on-farm poultry and rabbit slaughter. There was a big battle over rabbits, so having them included was a big win.

Second, we got the county to allow mobile slaughter units. It’s costly to do mobile slaughter, so it’s not necessarily financially viable for the farmers, but there are these new units, called “Plant in a Box,” that are potentially more affordable. It was important to at least have the option of these units, especially if we’re not allowed to have another brick-and-mortar facility.

The third piece allowed for farm tours without the extensive permitting process that had been initially proposed. To keep local food alive and well, it’s important to be able to get people on your farm and educate them. . ."

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