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Welcome to the Meat Riot!

Farm to Fork Meat Riot Corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts, monetary donations, and the fees we charge for our programs are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations. Our funding supports the education of our global community as well as the education for small family farms who wish to learn how to farm holistically as defined on our home page. We also offer a member's only Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for those who are interested in participating in a solution for grass based foods TODAY. 

OUR MISSION:

We are working as a catalyst to reestablish the regenerative organic small family farm food system while educating the consumers how to participate & support it.

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a way for the food buying public to enter into a relationship with a farm, receiving a share of the harvest. Typically, to become a member (also called shareholder or subscriber) people make a financial commitment for an entire season. This effort represents a formal mechanism for supplying foods that are raised locally. Members help absorb losses with the farmers as well as share in the rewards of the bountiful harvest. Farmers offer equal shares of their bounty to each member at harvest time. In typical meat CSAs, members receive a whole, half or quarter of an animal. Other programs offer monthly packages containing farmers’ choice items such as roasts, ground meat, a few chops or steaks and soup bones. 

What is a 3rd party modified CSA?

This type of CSA allows the food buying public to buy items weekly a la carte, selecting items as you would in a grocery store. The difference is that in a typical CSA, members receive an equal portion of all items that is divided as equally and fairly as possible, there are either very limited or no choices in items that are received. In the modified CSA, Members are rationed at times to ensure that the bounty is shared as equally as possible. Rather than absorb losses, the members  in this sort of CSA shop faithfully to ensure cash flow for the farmers year round on the seasonal fare which can be limited at times of off season or loss. Members may be requested to donate cash to help support losses on the farm. Buying rules are also enforced to ensure proper consumption of all the farm products.

About OUR CSA:

Each week you can shop for grass based animal products, day trip seafood, heirloom produce, raw cheeses, fresh roasted coffee and much more a la carte. We serve Raleigh, Cary and the surrounding area in NC. 

Farming Practices: All our livestock are holistically raised on grass lands and wooded areas with nutrient rich beneficial bacterial soil. The animals are raised in balanced eco systems and the omnivores are offered Soy & GMO FREE feed. Our animals are processed under NCDA guidelines and our food products are only distributed within the state. We do not ship anything anywhere.

What is the objective of Farm to Fork Meat Riot’s CSA?

The objective of this CSA program is to offer an immediate solution to those Regenerative Consumers that wish to support a greater movement to nourish their families with nutrient dense foods while supporting the reestablishment of the regenerative organic small family farm food system. This support will contribute towards reversing climate change for a better world. 

Why is the work Farm to Fork Meat Riot is doing necessary?

Consumers are unaware of how commodity food production is impacting the planet. We believe knowledge is power and with the truths revealed, we believe consumers can make better decisions.  

There is also a massive problem with the distribution infrastructure for these Regenerative Organic Small Family Farm Foods. We need to subsidize the distribution of these fierce foods while the farmer’s produce based on our limited consumption. Once the consumption is greater the farmers can stop riding the brakes on their food production. The participants will begin to experience more affordable pricing because all the processes will be more efficient. 

Until then, we are chugging, spitting and stalling. We are working as hard as we can to grease and oil all the parts so we can  JUMP START the movement & let the engine run smoothly again!

Finally we are dealing with the fact that we currently have no animal feed standard in our nation. As a result, it is difficult to acquire clean feed for the omnivores and clean hay for the herbivores. All the meats in stores that serve 10,000+ households each week (even organic certified) are factory raised and are in a state of acidosis. The small animals are being raised in houses without the 5 Essentials for life which are: clean air, clean water, sunshine, clean soil and correct feed. Large animals are being raised on dirt and incorrect feed (GMO grains or grains at all- they are herbivores) or on malnourished pastures then subsidized with alternate feeds. Without the 5 Essentials, these animals are diseased (stress, kidney & renal failure) and then unable to nourish us. 

Fortunately in our great nation, we still have the FREEDOM to choose not to participate in this type of food production. Farm to Fork Meat Riot is providing that solution. We can choose to raise our own livestock and grow all our own food so we can control their well-being. We can also choose to support conscious farmers who are raising grass based, holistically managed heritage breeds and heirloom varieties of food for our community.

Animals that are less healthy than we are CAN NOT nourish us. COSTS deter people from nourishing their families on grass based foods.  Let us THINK about what you are paying for.  If plant based healthy fats such as avocados, coconuts, tree nuts (cashews, pecans, almonds etc.) currently cost between $10-15/lb. then WHAT KIND OF MEAT is being sold for $2 or LESS per pound?  EVEN organic meat for $2.99 per pound can be found but it is NOT GRASS BASED.

THE FOCUS HERE is that your plant based proteins and fats are cheaper than your animals based proteins and fats.

WHAT ARE YOU EATING?

NEVER in history have animals (meats, milk & eggs) been CHEAPER than PLANTS!

Our objective is to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE & MAKE GRASSBASED FOOD AVAILABLE while allowing the farmers to earn livable wages.

To do this we have to subsidize the delivery infrastructure. These grass based foods are competing against heavily subsidized industrialized foods however; we need LESS grass based food to fill your bellies. This means, we can produce less food with more satiating power and more nutrition for greater health. ASK US HOW!  ASK US WHY! 

What are the options, costs and benefits of being a member?

• Commit to a $20 annual Membership Fee. The Membership fee is due upon sign up and then again every January 1st. This fee pays for our membership with the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, produce boxes, egg cartons, coolers and new fridges & freezers as needed.

FOUNDER | DONATE $25 per month (tax deductible) This is the original membership type that has been in place since 2009.The Monthly CSA fee of $25 ($6.25 per week) is exclusive of your weekly purchases. This is the money we earn to manage the CSA program. Compare one month's worth of your grocery bills to see that you are already paying $25, often times more, in sales tax when purchasing food every week. Both the Annual Membership Fee and the Monthly CSA Fee are 100% tax deductible under the fullest extent of the IRS laws. All profits from food sales go back to the Farm to Fork Meat Riot Non-Profit Corporation to support our education programs and advocacy to create awareness & educate the consumers about Real Food and to fund small family farms who are farming under the Farm to Fork Meat Riot standards leaving no trace.

• Commit to a minimum $10 weekly purchase. If the $10 minimum purchase amount for the week is not met, you will automatically be billed for a $10 donation towards our cause in its place. You can avoid these $10 donations by placing minimum weekly orders before the week ends. Our week runs from Tuesday to Tuesday and donations are imposed by the end of the week. The $10 donation that we auto bill is non-refundable but it is 100% tax deductible.

• Shop a la carte from our weekly offerings  

• Receive meat consistently year round

• Receive accessibility to special products such as heritage, high foraging pasture raised turkeys, geese and pastured ducks

• Earn first right of refusal on membership renewal every January 1. NOTE- Memberships are LIMITED.

• You can close your account with 2 weeks written notice. Please note that we do not refund fees.

BULK CSA MEMBERSHIP TYPES

BELIEVER | DONATE $25 per month (tax deductible)
-No weekly minimum purchase requirements and no a la carte access for meat
-Order a la carte Seafood, Micro-greens & Produce year-round as needed
-Participate in BULK BUYS for:
-Farmer's Choice or other BULK Meat Boxes (Bulk begins with 12 lb. increments of meat)
-BULK BUY Butter, Cheese, Maple & Honey

WORLD CHANGER | DONATE $45 per month (tax deductible)
-No weekly minimum purchase requirements and no a la carte access for meat
-Order a la carte Seafood, Micro-greens & Produce year-round as needed -Participate in BULK BUYS for:
-BULK Meat Boxes (Bulk begins with 12 lb. increments of meat & you will know what is in the box you select)
-BULK BUY Butter, Cheese, Maple & Honey
-BULK Egg Boxes (Begins with 6 dozen per box) *seasonal*
-FREE PICK UP location for Raleigh Raw, Gluten Free Galley & Signature Suds
-Weekly Dairy Co-Op Access 2 days a week
-You will have the ability to shop from the snack, beverage & farm fridge a la carte each week.

What are some of the menu offerings?

• Micro greens, micro herbs, wheat grass, Seasonal Heirloom Produce: Michelle's Fruits, Moore's Fresh Fruits and Veggies and Big John Farmer's Corn and Strawberries come to us chemical free and beyond organic.  Our fruits and veggies are tested several times a month by NCDA for chemical residue and have always tested clean.  

• High Foraging Soy & GMO FREE MILK FED Pork

• Mob Grazed meats (beef, lamb, veal, goat)

• WILD CAUGHT Seafood (Premium 1-3 day trip hook and line/spear/trawl net caught NC seafood)

• High Foraging Soy & GMO FREE chicken, turkey, geese and duck.

• High Foraging Soy & GMO FREE pasture based chicken and duck eggs.

• Grass based rBGH FREE Dairy (heavy cream, yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream and butter)

• Nutrient Dense, GMO & Soy FREE Gluten Free Baked Goods using all our local raw honey, grass fed butter and beyond organic fruits and nuts.

• Locally roasted Direct Relationship Fair Trade Coffees, Teas and Rooibos

• Raw cheeses and grass fed butter

• SigNATURE Suds- Soy & GMO FREE-PETROLEUM FREE soaps, lotions, beauty products, detergents and household cleaners.

• COCONUT - oil, crystals, aminos, vinegar and paleo wraps.

• Extra Virgin Olive Oil directly from a farm in Greece that is bottled right here in our NC mountains, Sprouted Nut Butters, Calcium Bentonite Clay and so much more.

How do I order & pay?

Sign up to become a member and order online. The online store is open all week. You pre-order on line by midnight on Tuesday each week and then pick up at our North Raleigh CSA Distribution Location on Thursday or Friday during pick up hours.

How is the meat preserved for pick up each week from the farms?

We are proud to offer meats that are fresh frozen and vacuum sealed the day of processing for day old freshness anytime you open your package. Our seafood is fresh, never frozen. There are no additives such as sulfites or other preservatives added to our meats or seafood.

Are there bye-weeks or breaks for the members?

When members travel you can go on line and place your minimum $10 order that we will hold for you in the CSA Distribution location until you return.

What did you say about the fees again?

Our food is unadulterated so we do not meet several NCDA, FDA or USDA standards. We do however use USDA and Animal Welfare Butchers/Processors to kill, cut and package all our meats. The poultry is processed on our family farms under NCDA guidelines. We do not have nutrition labels, we do not inject meats with various solutions or wash them in chemicals or use any preservative measures outside of vacuum seals and electrification in the form of freezing. Our eggs are dirty and ungraded, we do not wash them in bleach as required under USDA standards so as a consumer, you need to be made aware of these things and then make a conscious decision to participate or not.

Our fees serve as a protection for us and all the small farm families who produce REAL FOOD that is unadulterated for our member families. When you pay your fees you agree that you are actively seeking these macronutrients rich in micronutrients. This food is not found ANYWHERE in the general market place. You can grow and raise your own food to this level but you cannot BUY it anywhere. Since my husband & I had no plans to start farming, we needed to support, advocate for and create a market for the farmers who could nourish our family. Because NATURE IS GOOD ENOUGH, our bounty is great and our family of 5 couldn't consume it all so I had to find families to help share the bounty. That is how Farm to Fork Meat was born and why it exists.

For these and many other reasons we are a PRIVATE FOOD SYSTEM and a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Consumers who wish to participate must enlist in the membership and accept and agree to these private terms by paying the fees which are 100% tax deductible under the fullest extent of the IRS laws.

Our food is all seasonal (YES MEATS HAVE SEASONS just like veggies which we ALSO offer!) and we have some strange buying rules to keep the movement sustainable, but other than those few quirks, you have access to the most nutrient dense foods available in NC unless you raise your own livestock and can control their feed and in turn their health.

What are the basic CSA rules and common courtesies for conscious consumption?

Dealing with meat is challenging. There are only a handful of meat CSAs in the whole country and we are the only a la carte meat CSA which offers Soy & GMO Free pasture based meats that also offers fresh line caught seafood, pasture raised local dairy, fresh baked nutrient dense gluten free breads, micro greens year round and seasonal produce. Most of the other ones are only beef (or beef and lamb), giving each member around 30 pounds of meat once a quarter or a half, whole or quarter animal all at one time and the consumer does not choose which cuts they get.

We ask you to be conscious when purchasing beef and pork prime cuts and try to keep a balance by also purchasing ground beef in bulk or patties and pork sausages in equal portions of the prime cuts. This does not have to happen at the same time, however if you know you enjoy steaks, please think about using equal packs of ground beef to help our CSA consume the entire animal sustainably. The same goes for pork sausages. If you enjoy pork chops, pork steaks and pork loins, please think about consuming equal packages of pork sausages also to help consume the entire animal, not just the prime cuts. We appreciate your consciousness in this effort.

Should I join this CSA?

If you are interested in sourcing grass based nutrient dense groceries for your family and you cook regularly every week, this CSA program is for you. If you are interested in supplementing clean meats for your household while shopping at a regular grocery store, you may find this program will not allow you to manage your budget.  If you have already made a lifestyle change or are interested in changing your lifestyle to one where you are cooking using grass based ingredients, this CSA is for you.

Veganism is not a natural human diet and it results in muscular degeneration, disease and sterility. We assist recovering vegans regain health and vitality. For assistance in remediating your health after veganism, please schedule a one-on-one coaching session to create your recovery plan.

We are here to advocate for ALL Agrarians! The Producers and The Eaters. Eating is an agrarian act. 

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