About Good Meat Camp for Women
Our community members care about and work within Good Meat and often feel underrepresented and isolated within the industry. We are essential to the industry, but our contributions are not always made visible or celebrated.
We work toward changing that paradigm by practicing mutual support, and by creating opportunities to share our experience, knowledge and skills with one another as well as with the larger Good Meat community.
Our Good Meat® Camp for Women, an initiative of our Butchers & Chefs Opportunity Network (BACON), is on a mission to build a community that practices mutual support, prioritizes learning across difference, centers the diverse lived experiences of its members, and models these values for the entire Good Meat industry.
HOW WE WORK
We achieve our mission by:
- Facilitating peer-to-peer learning
- Aggregating and sharing resources
- Creating opportunities for mutual support
- Hosting in-person and virtual gatherings
- Inspiring collaboration through everything we do
For inquiries about our Good Meat Camp for Women, email our coordinators.
To join our online network of women, go here.
Our Good Meat Camp for Women is for you, your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, daughter, neighbor, friend. Our goal is to create a place for anyone who is trying to carve out a space for themselves in an industry that doesn’t always seem to make space for them. Our friends in the transgender, gender diverse, and gender noncomforming communities have asked us to be explicit. Are you welcome at Women's Good Meat Network? Yes. If you feel called to cultivate a reciprocal relationship with a diverse community of people who are committed to learning and sharing across difference, we welcome you!
We look forward to continuing to build our community with you all.
Our Good Meat Camp for Women, formerly Grrls Meat Camp, was originally founded in 2011 by Kate Hill. Kate is a teacher, coach, cook, mentor, and author with more than 40 years of experience in the food industry. She travels the world giving workshops and collaborating with other thought leaders in the food world. Kate also leads cookery, butchery and charcuterie programs and courses at the Kitchen at Camont, her home and school in Southwest France. An increasing number of women began attending her meat-focused workshops and programs, many of whom were facing discrimination and other battles to earn their spot in the Good Meat world. Kate thought, "What if we could gather as many aspiring and professional meat ladies in one room (or around a campfire) and learn from one another?" Grrls Meat Camp was born.
Kate held the very first Grrls Meat Camp Rendezvous at her Kitchen at Camont, with the vision to keep it light, fun, and informal. "We'll butcher and bake, barbecue and bonfire," she wrote in the first invitation she sent to a small group of diverse women. These "original meat grrls" (or OMG's as she called them) ranged in ages from 27 to 62 and included culinary students, budding farmers, meat cutting experts, aspiring butchers, home cooks, and food writers. They came from Portland, Seattle, Washington D.C., Montreal, and St. Louis. Everyone pitched in to cook, teach, share, and learn with each other and with their counterparts in Southwest France.
In the years since that first gathering, Kate organized many more Grrls Meat Camp gatherings in Washington, California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and elsewhere. As a result, the Grrls Meat Camp community grew exponentially, and it continues to grow both online and off.
In 2019, Kate, our official Grrls Meat Camp grandmere, handed the Grrls Meat Camp reins to the Good Meat Project. Camas Davis, our executive director, has attended several Grrls Meat Camps over the years, including the very first one, and several OMGs also sit on the board of the Good Meat Project. In 2020, The Good Meat Project changed the name of Grrls Meat Camp to Good Meat Camp for Women. The Good Meat Project's mission, to build pathways toward responsible meat production and consumption, aligns perfectly with the original mission of Grrls Meat Camp, and both Kate Hill and the Good Meat Project are excited about this next chapter.
Announcements & Events
Registration for our entire 2022 Kitchen Table Chat, a monthly, virtual, peer-to-peer learning series from Good Meat Camp for Women and Women in Ranching, is now closed.
We'll be back with more Kitchen Table Chats in 2023!
Did you miss our 2021 Virtual Confluence?
No problem! We've got you covered.
In November 2021, Women in Ranching and the Good Meat Project teamed up to virtually gather together women who were working at every level of our meat supply chain while also caring for land, animals and community. Over the course of two and a half days, our "Building Community from Land to Table: The Confluence" event brought together women who were stewarding our rangelands, butchers and chefs working to build resilient, local meat economies, and everyone in between. Over 200+ women and women-identifying folks shared knowledge, collaborated, and inspired one another. We are pleased to share the recordings of the event for a small sliding scale donation.
You can watch the entire event here!
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