The Berry Center’s Home Place Meats is establishing a cooperative for local livestock farmers to sell to local markets. We believe that local farmers must be at the core of change. We are beginning at home in north-central Kentucky to build a local food model that can be scaled outward and replicated in communities throughout the nation. A collaborative project, we are addressing fundamental challenges of creating local food economies—producing local food, establishing fair compensation for farmers, managing supply and demand, accessing markets, and responding to consumer values are only a few of the issues we’re addressing.
Home Place is a radical challenge to today’s unhealthy, industrial system of meat production. In contrast to industrial agriculture, Home Place is based on ecology and care—respectful animal husbandry, healthy landscapes, quality food, and thriving farm communities. Home Place Meats is also responding to the plain truth that, despite the trends toward organic, healthier foods, the industrial agriculture paradigm still dominates and has not fundamentally changed the economy and culture of farming.
A local food economy that is better for farmers, better for livestock, and better for the planet—that’s Home Place Meats.