Good Meat Project

Good Meat Collectives


The Good Meat Project trains Good Meat ambassadors, in communities around the country,  to develop, organize, and host hands-on classes in whole-animal butchery, charcuterie and cookery, and humane slaughter, themselves, in the form of Meat Collectives. Our founder, Camas Davis, launched the first Meat Collective in Portland, Oregon in 2010, in order to build an educated consumer base that buys from Good Meat butcher shops and farmers. And she has open-sourced the model, through the Good Meat Project, in order to share it with other individuals and communities. *

What’s a Meat Collective?

A Meat Collective is a community meat school and resource that offers hands-on classes in whole-animal butchery, cookery, and charcuterie, as well as humane slaughter. A Meat Collective is a bit like community garden but for meat, or a butcher shop where the customers get to stand side by side with the butchers and meat producers. For each Meat Collective class, local Good Meat farmers sell whole animals to students who, in turn, learn from seasoned butchers and chefs how to transform a whole carcass into food. Students go home with a lot of good meat and increasingly rare knowledge and skills, and they are inspired to continue to support the Good Meat chefs, butchers, and farmers in their region with their pocketbooks.

The Good Meat Project incubates new Meat Collectives in communities across the nation—from the Central Texas Meat Collective in Austin, Texas, to the Chicago Meat Collective in Illinois—and acts as the clearinghouse for all existing Meat Collectives.

Each Meat Collective, while independently owned, shares the same goals as the very first Meat Collective, launched by Good Meat Project founder Camas Davis in 2010 in Portland, Oregon. All Meat Collectives build an educated consumer base that supports their regional Good Meat economy with their pocket book and they inspire dialogue and cooperation between consumers, producers, butchers, and chefs who are all passionate about Good Meat. 

We encourage all Meat Collectives to source animals from local Good Meat farmers who employ honorable stewardship of land, animals, and people, while recognizing that this may look different in different regions. Meat Collective classes answer a lot of questions and inspire even more. Above all, students learn the many ways Good Meat can reach their tables. Meat Collective classes are important stepping stones for any eater, seeder, or feeder on a mission to reconnect to their sources of nourishment. 

Interested in Launching a Local Meat Collective?

First thing’s first. Get in touch with us! We’ll set up a phone meeting to learn more about your goals, background, and location as well as the resources and knowledge you’ve already got in your quiver, which will better inform us on how to help you. You’ll hang up with a clear idea of what it takes to launch a Meat Collective and a little bit of homework.

Next you get access to the Mighty Meat Collective Startup Guide, an ebook written by Camas Davis, founder of the original Meat Collective in Portland, Oregon. This 95-page manifesto guides prospective Meat Collective leaders on how to:

  • Navigate federal and state meat regulations
  • Hire class instructors
  • Find kitchen space
  • Assess potential Meat Collective farmers
  • Advertise and market classes
  • Get media attention
  • Build a brand
  • Create a sustainable business model
  • And much more

While you work to launch your Meat Collective, we provide ongoing advice, resources, and training for free. Ready to get started? Email us.

Meat Collectives Across America

Portland Meat Collective

Owner: Camas Davis
Portland, Oregon
Founded 2010
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Seattle Meat Collective

Owner: Brandi Henderson
Seattle, Washington
Founded 2014
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Gainesville Meat Collective

Owner: Angela Minno
Gainesville, Florida
Founded 2014
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Central Texas Meat Collective

Owners: Julia Poplawsky & Leah Gibson
Austin, Texas
Founded 2016
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Eugene Meat Collective

Owner: Jonathan Tepperman
Eugene, Oregon
Founded 2016
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Montana Meat Collective

Owner: Alan Michaud
Helena, Montana
Founded 2017
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Northern Colorado Meat Collective

Owner: Erica Gagne Glaze
Fort Collina, Colorado
Founded 2017
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Chicago Meat Collective

Owner: McCullough Kelly-Willis
Chicago, Illinois
Founded 2018
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Appalachian Meat Collective (Lick Skillet Farm)

Founder: Alex Miller (AMC is a nonprofit)
New Market, TN
Founded 2019
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Denver Meat Collective

Founder: Danielle Davis
Denver, CO
Founded 2019
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