I know this is a tough one for some people — the thought of butchering an animal. I finally got up close and personal with this topic while taking a class in farming at College of the Redwoods. You know the drill — I eat meat — therefore I have a responsibility to see that it is humanely treated — even through the step where the animal is killed. And then — I have the responsibility to see that the meat from the animal is treated with respect — that we are using as much of the animal as possible, and that the animal is appreciated for giving us sustenance. Really — that is the story for many local people who have been vegan and vegetarian until they could find a way to make that happen. And — that is the story for The Happy Butchers, Sarah Godlin and Bridget Winkler.
Now — this hasn’t historically been a job for women, right? Well…actually women have been very involved in killing and butchering meat on the farm. It has only been in the last couple of generations that killing and butchering animals has been done on a large scale in factories by people who have the thankless job of killing and butchering all day in terrible and dangerous working conditions.
And, one of the many interesting things about Sarah and Bridget, is that not only will they come to your home and do these things for you — but they will teach you how to do it yourself. And — according to Bridget, it is usually the women who would like to learn the skill.
Listen here to the interview. If you’d like to get a hold of Sarah and Bridget…contact The Happy Butchers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah at (707) 502-6368 or Bridget at (707) 845-3797