It all started with a phone call looking for raw milk.
After Brian Schack (of The Schack Farm) and I spoke for several minutes about raw milk and the likelihood of our family acquiring some of his white ambrosia, our conversation somehow turned to his need to thin out some of his expiring laying hens. Hmm, laying hens, huh? That was my invitation to tell him of the conversations Provenance Farm and I had been having with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) about a mobile processing unit (MPU) for poultry. After that, there were the proverbial fireworks and we decided to meet to discuss further.
That dark, winter night in 2010 at Full City Cafe in Eugene, Brian sat and listened to some of the finer details of the conversations Provenance and I had been having with the ODA. In short, we had hit the two big bench marks to see an MPU become a reality. We had received the ODA’s blessing to proceed with a design, and we had our financing. The missing pieces to get started at that point was a trailer to build on, and an experienced person to build it.
Brian looked me in the eyes and said two things I had not expected to hear, that made me shout with joy when I returned to my car to go home. “Derek, I have a 33′ goose neck trailer I can give to the effort. And, I can build it.”
We were in business!
It has taken longer to assemble than we planned (doesn’t it always work out that way?). And in fact we are not quite done. But I wanted to share pictures with you that show an evolution of the work we have been doing up to this point. Enjoy.