Meet Sarah Teale, documentary filmmaker and founding member of Adirondack Grazers Cooperative, a group of beef producers from small to mid-scale, family farms in New York and Vermont that naturally raise and finish beef. The Co Op’s mission is to maximize member revenue by developing sales in wholesale and specialty markets not easily available to individual farmers. Tune in as Katy Keiffer chats with Sarah on a brand new episode of What Doesn’t Kill You. They discuss the co-op model, it’s successes and shortcomings, and the distribution challenges that small farmers face in 2014. Sarah is also creating a documentary film to tell the story of Adirondack Grazers and simultaneously highlight the loss of family farms in today’s agricultural landscape. Learn how serious this issue is as Sarah describes just how much farmland is being lost today and what we need to do to reverse the trend. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.
“Just to call it grass fed isn’t right. There ought to be distinctions made on labels and menus.” [11:00]
“Our sweet spot is in wholesale. Doing frozen meant a lot of management of tiny pieces of meat.” [17:00]
“I think there is an understanding now from the governor that there is potential for bringing money to upstate New York where they seriously need it. There’s a willingness to try and help, I just don’t think they know how yet.” [28:00]
–Sarah Teale on What Doesn’t Kill You