Help Local Food Innovator End Conflict With State Regulators

State regulators forced Bolzano Artisan Meats to close, despite USDA declaring its products were safe. Help us resolve this conflict and keep our mission alive.
Scott Buer
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
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Conflict With Wisconsin Agency Forces Closure Of Bolzano Artisan Meats of Milwaukee.

For five years, the husband-and-wife team of Scott Buer and Christin Johnstone-Buer of Bolzano Artisan Meats has been Wisconsin's heirloom pork salami company, making a unique, active-culture product that has been winning over fans across the state and the US.

The fact our salami uses a very slow European method that skips cooking in favor of slow fermenting and drying, along with the fact that the owners love the science of food, and working with food scientists at the university and the USDA has got us on the wrong side of Wisconsin's Dept. of Agriculture by accidentally uncovering that the state agency had been doing things that have been devastating to small businesses and small business programs.

Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture ordered all production and sales at our company to stop and is leading to the destruction of around $50,000 worth of salami that the USDA, the highest food safety authority in the nation, to only have been incorrectly labeled.

Scott and Christin of Bolzano Artisan Meats need your assistance to help end this conflict and to keep our mission of keeping sustainable farming and artisan foodmaking alive.

What We Need & What You Get

  • Your contributions will go towards legal fees to allow us to keep working with our legal help (Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund) to seek resolution for this case, instead of needing to settle quickly due to economic pressure.
  • Your contributions will also go towards a small owners draw of about $500 combined a week owners for Scott and Christin.
  • Any remaining funds will go towards relaunching our company under USDA inspection, where we can get a fresh start.

The Impact

  • Food safety should not be replaced with politics and personal issues, and small, independent food processors in Wisconsin and the US are leading the way for a more sustainable (and delicious) way of living and eating, creating jobs and rewarding small farms that do things the right way. Any wrong against a traditional food artisan is a wrong against eaters everywhere.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you would like to help but can't contribute at this time, please share the word about our Indiegogo campaign, and keep on supporting you local farms and food artisans.

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Select a Perk
  • $20USD
    Die Cut Bolzano Sticker

    A die-cut, color sticker with the Bolzano "proud red pig" logo, about 3" long, printed on durable vinyl, showing your support of us and our mission!

    57 out of 2500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $3,000USD
    Whole Hog Butchering Class

    Bolzano owners Scott and Christin will lead you and a bunch of your pals through a hands-on class, starting with a whole Certified Humane Red Wattle hog, along with nerdy history lessons about meat foodways. All of the meat goes home with you, naturally! We'll throw in a few Bolzano T-shirts and stickers at the end as well. (note this event would be at the private home of whoever makes this donation, with a whole hog the donator purchases on their own - ie you are not buying meat from us)

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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