Our Beginning

"Pono" is a Hawaiian word whose exact definition or meaning must be determined from the context, however it is most often translated in English as ‘righteousness or having high moral quality.’  We feel that this single word depicts our philosophy and methods of raising our animals and butchering the meat for our customers.

The long process of producing Fine Meats starts on our farm located in Central Oregon.  From birth to finish, the animals are raised on pasture in a humane and sustainable manner.  Among many factors, nutrition and stress are important controllable elements that can greatly affect the tenderness and quality of the finished meat.  Along with an abundant grass-based diet, the animals drink pristine water sourced from Opal Springs. 

Once the animals have reached maturity and have had time to develop intramuscular fat, they are brought through our butcher shop on a weekly basis.  Our traditional cutting program utilizes the whole carcass from nose to tail.  We make sure that nothing from the animal is wasted; bones are used to produce stock, fat is rendered for oil, and offal is ground to make raw dog food.  

We hope our customers will experience and enjoy the quality of meat produced in the Pono way.  

 

"The Life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"

Ua Mau Ke Ea o ka 'Àina i ka PONO

 
 

Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.

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Our Mission

Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.

 

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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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Get Involved

If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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