Got the information about BAMA from Camas Davis here in Portland. Looking for a suggestion for cuts to order when buying a half cow. Some sort of worksheet? See ones for splitting with more people but how about just two?
Ah, I've figured it out. I searched your name and got to your profile, thus able to send your message. That is different from when you click on someone's name in a discussion. When you do that it takes you to a page with their icon and discussion posts, but it's not their profile. You have to then click their icon and it finally takes you to their actual profile. Very layered, this Ning is.
I hear you about the headaches of the 10lb box. I imagine it drove you and Bonnie crazy. I'd only want to do it if we could get a whole group to share in organizing, kind of like the food co-op my parents were in when I was a kid.
I'll get in touch with Rebecca Alon. I have her contact info.
I'll try sending a message to everyone's posts to see if they'll take their lamb. I'm also shopping lamb around to Slow Food Berkeley and other contacts.
I was actually debating that idea. Please let me know what you think of this. I was thinking along the line of a group with specific parameters. I'd probably want to keep it east bay since SF groups seem to be getting along just fine. I'd like to specify that people must commit to spending time working purchases, would commit to spearheading one purchase each year or 2 depending on the group size, and have freezer room to make purchases of whole animals feasible. I've found there are too many that only have room to buy 3 chops and a chicken and I just don't want to deal with that. I would think those of us interested in larger purchases (and the saving we get with them) would like to get together.
I've got every single box checked to receive every different possible option, so I think you have something special as an administrator. Is there any way to change that? I'm missing out on a lot of things I'd love to take part in, but don't have the time to look everyday just to check for new postings.
I think it could also help with some of the problems that many of us are experiencing right now. Our groups are too small and inactive. We need to be able to network over wider areas, but just to cover the east bay, I'd have to join too many groups. I'm now in 3, yet I can't find anyone to spilt a 1/2 veal with me in those groups, nor are any or them arranging any buys. I love the whole idea, but as it's set up now, it isn't happening in some areas.
Since I'm new here, I'm not exactly sure how this works. How do I find meat to order/split/share? Do I need to join all the different sub-groups? Is there a "central clearinghouse" part of this site? Do I have to contact the farms myself and then try to find people to go in on something with me? My local group doesn't seem to be particularly active. Do I just post a general announcement somewhere? I'm really confused. :o)
The Walnut Creek group will be picking up the hog on Sunday. Waht advise do you have? My main concern is to keep the meat frozen until we get it to everyone. Also, dividing it up. I am open to suggestions.
Actually, the cow was a piece of cake. Only 1 person out of 21 forgot, and since I had met him once before on pig day, I wasn't too worried and shoved his share in my fridge. We had some major problems with some chicken people which I probably shouldn't discuss on the website. You can call me at 415-606-1492, where I would be happy to vent!
For the future, I would recommend getting cell phone numbers. (I had thought of it, but I had decided not to due to privacy issues. Then I thought of using a google doc to collect the info privately, but decided against it b/c some of the people seemed really unable to figure out how to fill out a google doc.) Also, while talking to some ranchers, they told me it was a real struggle to get the word out to people about animals they had. Similarly, newbies often drop off the radar if there isn't an animal they can purchase RIGHT NOW. (Someone badly wanted certain parts of pig, and I was like, dude, the pig was a month ago and I'm not a supermarket.) A couple people called me asking for help on the site. Some of them also commented that their local groups were pretty dead (they would ask if people wanted to split a lamb and get silence)--several of the beef share people came from Millbrae, San Mateo, and Redwood City!
I'm trying to talk Britta into helping me host a pig or two. (I was even crazy enough to call Brock again, but leaving a msg with him is kind of like throwing a bottle in the ocean.) What I've learned is that you really need a couple of volunteer meatpackers (about 4 for a pig and 6 for a cow). And I'm toying with planning ahead for a cow in November with Prather again. (It took forever to get going because I had to collect 20 people and then Ryan had to squeeze the cow into the queue with special instructions, etc. Ryan and I think that it would go much more smoothly now that we have the details worked out and I can plan ahead.) I like chicken, and the Godfrey farm people seem nice, but I vow to only pick up chicken at someone else's house.
Hi, Tamar. You might have seen from our board that the Castro group is ready to make another lamb purchase. Mark, who we are getting our beef from, may have some lamb, but I wanted to do some comparing amongst the various ranchers. Which ranch did you use to make our first lamb purchase? Would you recommend them again? Is there someone else that you have tried since then that you might suggest?
Thanks so much for all of your help! We are looking at beef distribution on July 23. You have launched an incredible community through this site.
I find myself driving back north on business early next week and may be bringing some really nice grass fed and finished, beef and lamb from MM Livestock down here to some friends in SF. My LA board is off to a bit of a slow start (not a surprise) and thought you might have some group members interested in either or both.
In addition, when I head south, I should have some really nice pork from Dan @ CSF, if any of your people are in need.
I wanted to check in regarding the site problems. I had posted some info to my group (Richmond) awhile back and it disappeared. It has never re-appeared. Is it gone for good? Thanks for your help. Cindy