Meredith Leigh

New Society Publishers


Meredith Leigh is a farmer, butcher, cook, and author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: Complete Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and Pure Charcuterie: The Craft & Poetry of Curing Meat at Home. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Meredith is speaking in North Carolina and is a contributor to Mother Earth News Fair Online.


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The Basics of Curing Meat

From ancient times to today, people have been putting salt on meat to preserve bounty, improve texture, and concentrate flavor. It's one of the most ingenious and utilitarian traditions that has endured all over the world. This course will explain how curing meat has evolved, and how to approach meat curing in a way that will give you a range of options in the kitchen. Meredith Leigh demonstrates the basics, providing you with recipes for a smoky cured leg of lamb, as well as a completely dry-cured ham in the style of prosciutto. You'll walk away from this class with the ability to cure beef, lamb, venison, mutton, pork, and other meats with ease and confidence.
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Mindful Meat Eating for the Modern Omnivore

What does it mean to be a conscientious eater in today’s world? Between trade wars, climate change, label claims, local food, nutrition trends, and environmental justice issues, eaters are constantly bombarded with opinions and news surrounding personal food choices. For those who identify as omnivores, the global food debate is particularly chaotic. In this session, author and farmer Meredith Leigh shares expertise from her 17 years of deep study into the systems by which food and farming are made possible. Explore a firmer footing in your food choices and your food activism. From a holistic, climate-smart, and community-centered framework, this workshop provides a jumping-off point for eaters unsure of the best way to check in to mindful eating, and it also provides insight into the most up-to-date information for the well-informed food activist.
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Make Your Own Cured Ham

Making your own sandwich meat is a great way to save money and ensure clean food for your family. In this workshop, learn to make your own cured, cooked deli ham using just salt and pure spices. Author, butcher, and farmer Meredith Leigh will teach you about using curing to make tough cuts of meat more useful, and increase their flavor and keeping quality. Learn about food safety and the use of nitrites in cured meat products, and receive a recipe for Tasso Ham — a delicious spicy-sweet ham used in Cajun cooking.
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How and Why to Create a Community Meat-Buying Club

Barriers abound for the average consumer when it comes to sourcing and affording well-raised meat. One of the most viable solutions for communities and neighborhoods, especially in urban or food apartheid areas, is to cooperate and develop a community meat-buying club. Author, farmer, butcher, and advocate Meredith Leigh helps interested individuals or groups with the design and maintenance of a buying club. She covers sourcing; understanding carcass terminology; and working with butchers, farmers, and processors. She also discusses cut sheets, pricing, regulation, and cooking tips.
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Carbon Farming and Agroforestry

Optimize your land’s carbon storage potential while growing trees for fruit and nuts, timber, beautification, and biodiversity! In this one-day intensive workshop, our instructors will guide participants by applying “carbon farming” principles to their farms and projects. Our focus will be on agroforestry or the intentional integration of trees and shrubs in farm systems.

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North Carolina, Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Pre-Conference Workshops