USDA Inspected!

Letter of Grant of Inspection

We did it! Today I received the official email from the USDA granting our inspection status as a USDA meat processing plant, a.k.a. the Butcher Shop at Sugar Mountain Farm.

This means that now we are able to cut meat under USDA inspection which in turn means we can start delivering out of state such as to the hundreds of Kickstarter backers and CSA Pre-Buyers who helped with funding the construction of the butcher shop.

Initially we’ll be under what is called “Dual Jurisdiction” which is both USDA and Vermont state inspected. The reason for this is that it takes time to get approval for all of our labels and recipes for sausage, corn pork, dry rub bacon, salt pork and such. These items will remain under Vermont state inspection (and thus not shippable outside Vermont) probably for another one to three months as we go through the approval process for each product. What we can do under USDA inspection, and is thus shippable, is the plain cuts like pork chops, Boston Butts, ribs, etc and the plain non-spiced ground pork.

We have already delivered many CSA Pre-Buys and Kickstarter Rewards Packages to backers over the past three years starting with those who live in Vermont and then those who were able to meet us along our delivery route from surrounding states. We’ll now begin contacting those of you who are further afield. There will be extra bonus samples in everyone’s boxes as a big thank you for all your patience and support!

One more step along the path completed in our Big Project!

Outdoors: 54°F/29°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

Daily Spark: [Rushed crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -Wernher von Braun

PS. Note that Grant of Inspection does not mean the USDA funded our butcher shop but rather it is a license for us to start operating. Some people confuse the Grant of Inspection with a Grant that gives a project money – our butcher shop was completely funded by ourselves, loans from small private individuals like you, CSA Pre-Buyers, Kickstarter Backers, family and the cash flow of our farm. No banks nor government grants or loans went into the creation of our Big Project.

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11 Responses to USDA Inspected!

  1. BBi says:

    Congratulations. A long road, well done.

  2. angie says:


  3. Scott Baker says:

    Congratulations to the whole Jefferies family, your hard work and perseverance is paying off!

  4. Bob says:

    Glad to hear this! Looking forward to placing an order sometime in the future (We live in TN). Do you have a photo gallery of your completed project? I greatly enjoyed watching the building process and miss the articles about your construction techniques, but I am sure that you are glad to have reached your goals!

    • There is no one article but that would be a good one to do perhaps this year. For the entire story see the Butcher Shop Page which has links to all the significant milestones and then a link that will bring up all of the articles including perhaps 1,000 photos of construction and lots of discussion of techniques.

  5. Kaitlin Weisman says:

    Congratulations! So happy for and inspired by you. God bless!

  6. Thierry Aumais says:

    Hi. Mr. Jeffries,

    Had a parasite question if you don’t mind answering.

    Do you have pigs on the same plots of land every year? What about breaking the parasite cycle? Is garlic and cayenne pepper the only thing you’re using every once in a while?

    If so, can I safely say that intensive rotational grazing is helping control parasites, and that I can plan on having pigs on one plot of land multiple years (4-5) in a row?



    • We’ve been keeping pigs on about 40 acres, typically 300 to 500 pigs, doing managed rotational grazing for 15 years. There are some areas that get more use than others such as around the whey tanks some of which are used year round. These areas don’t seem to be producing any parasite problem. The other areas get rotated on and off, with grazing on being anywhere from zero to four periods a year typically.

      To deworm we primarily use:
      Managed rotational grazing
      Garlic powder
      Healthy animals
      Good genetics
      Digestive acidification (apples, whey…)
      Copper in our soils naturally
      I’m not afraid of commercial dewormers like Ivermec and Fenbendazole but rarely need them. The above does the job. If it doesn’t then hit them hard with the chemical dewormer. Vet recommends according to a new study that people do three days in succession with Fenbendazole and then a shot of Ivermec. I haven’t had the opportunity to test this myself but it makes sense. Also be sure to rotate dewormers and don’t under use the commercial dewormers or you’ll build up resistance in your local parasite population.
      See: Worms au Natural

  7. HH van den Berg says:

    You finished it! No grants, no banks, but heaps American ingenuity. Thank you for taking me along your journey. Congrats from the Netherlands.

  8. Tom Stewart says:

    Congratulations. Please let us know when we can order online.

  9. Glenn Warren says:

    Congratulations to you all; what a great accomplishment.

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