By Rachel Hammond, Nov 4 2015 05:05PM
I need to expand
As a self- taught butcher – and even rarer – a female butcher – my passion is to make and teach charcuterie. I am reviving traditional skills and recipes as well as planning to create 2 part time & full-time jobs.
Up until now, it has been only me – but I now need to expand, and to employ one or two members of staff as well as to create a dedicated professional butchery workshop. In this inspiring place, I will work and teach my classes in artisan charcuterie in pork, mutton, game and poultry; butchery, curing, smoking, and salami making.
Crowd-funding the next step - read more about my campaign.
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As a one-woman start up, I have had an amazing adventure so far, pushing myself into a new career direction (I was an unhappy IT commuter in London) and also getting great advice and making new friends along the way. I have put everything I have into my business so I am crowd-funding this next step, and I want to share this exciting development, while I grow my lovely local business!
The new premises - Ayton Castle - The Old Potting Sheds
I have searching for the right building for a long while but and I have been lucky to recently acquire a lease on something perfect - beautiful old stone potting sheds in the grounds of Ayton Castle – a few miles from my home base, where I can ride my bicycle to work.
This is a fantastic opportunity to use these lovely old stone buildings as my dedicated butchery - as it has been many years they were “alive”, so you can imagine there is some work to be done before I can start making bacon there!
The team at the castle have already done huge of work, transforming the sheds from derelict, but now I need to make it into a proper butchery. Plastering, painting, new plumbing, electricals, a proper floor and some “new” second-hand kit to help make work more productive for the future.