I take photos of so many pretty things, and I love it, I do, but sometimes I like to return to the raw-hand-held-shoot-from-the-hip-who-cares-if-it’s-in-focus brand of image-making from which my love of photography originated. Just reviewing some old work and stumbled upon this series I captured one fine fall day a few years ago. I look at the images and I can feel again the excitement of the weekend. Grrls Meat Camp, was a gathering of women interested in food, butchery, culture, art, the future of sustainable agriculture, and the sharing of that knowledge in one of the more unique and liberating environments I have ever experienced. I was invited by my dear friend and master butcher, writer, and educator Kari Underly from Range, Inc in Chicago, Illinois. Grrls. Meat. Camp. who’s mission is to “give voice to women farmers, butchers cooks and teachers,” is the brainchild of Kate Hill from the Kitchen at Camont. We broke down a whole hog, split chickens, made charcuterie, stuffed sausage, and so on and so on. I highly recommend you seek out seminars, camps, and events featuring these two women, you’ll be inspired, meet exciting women with exciting ideas, and just maybe turn the concept of your place in the food industry on its head. Plus you’ll eat REALLY well.
P.S. There might be whiskey.
Want more? Check out these resources:
The Art of Beef Cutting by Kari Underly
Crafted Meat: The New Meat Culture:Craft and Recipes by Hendrik Haase with contributions by Kate Hill
WBEZ Grrl’s Meat Camp by Nina Barrett
Grrls. Meat. Camp. Featured in Sweet Paul Magazine