Kickstarter campaign launched to resurrect Black Earth Meats

The founder of Black Earth Meats, which closed in July, has launched a $225,000 Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise enough money to buy back the company’s slaughtering equipment, which will otherwise be sold by The Bank of New Glarus starting at the end of November in an effort to recover $1.1 million left on the company’s loan.

If the campaign is successful, the meat processor and slaughterhouse would be able to establish roots elsewhere, perhaps in Mount Horeb, Middleton, or Racine. One of the few processors in the country that was USDA-inspected, certified organic, and Animal Welfare Approved (for humane treatment), Black Earth Meats provided sustainable meat to countless businesses and restaurants in the area. Now, many of those businesses are offering specials to those who contribute to the Kickstarter campaign.

For instance, a $10 pledge will buy a slice of Ian’s Pizza, a $45 pledge will buy a burger and beer at the Great Dane Pub, and a $3,000 pledge would earn a five-course meal for eight prepared at the donor’s home by Muramoto, chef and owner of Restaurant Muramoto, Sushi Muramoto, and 43 North. Smaller gifts, such as T-shirts, will also be offered.

The Kickstarter program ends on Dec. 4. If the campaign is successful, Bartlett Durand, founder of Black Earth Meats and its retail outlet, Conscious Carnivore, would like to create a commissary to sustain Conscious Carnivore butcher shops all around the state.

Durand said he’ll know by Thanksgiving if the campaign will work.