Black Earth Meats turns to Kickstarter in hopes of reopening
Owners hope to raise additional $40K in 4 days to buy equipment back from bank
MADISON, Wis. — A popular local business is turning to the Internet to stay open after it was run out of town.
Black Earth Meats is raising money on Kickstarter in hopes of buying back their equipment from the bank.
In July, the slaughterhouse closed after the village of Black Earth labeled the facility as a public nuisance, causing the bank to pull its loan.
The owners said that closure affected dozens of farmers and restaurants who relied on their services.
“When we announced our closing we had over 100,000 people reach out to us desperate for us to stay open,” Black Earths Managing Member Bartlett Durand said. “A lot of them suggested Kickstarter, and it took a while to put together to even without what it was.”
Black Earth Meats is almost to the $75,000 mark. The goal is to raise $125,000 by Thursday.
“So if we can raise $40,000 in the next four days, we’re going to be able to transfer our equipment, basically buy it back from to bank, and transfer it to a new location,” Durand said.”
Eventually, the goal is to find a place for a processing center and then a slaughterhouse to be fully back up and running.