Adapted from fourlegsfarm.com
Maitri Farm’s meat is without a doubt more expensive than meat in the grocery store. And I feel like for the most part people have been very supportive of the farm and understanding of why we charge as much as we do.
It's also a lot to ask people to buy a large quantity of expensive meat weeks or months before the product will be delivered. This is asking people to completely change their shopping habits and I appreciate those of you who have taken the leap and tried something new. I also understand that for a lot of people our products are just too expensive and I’m working on finding creative ways to get our products into the hands of more members of the community. If you know of any avenues for getting programs to sponsor low-cost shares please let me know!
There are many reasons why my meat is more expensive than the grocery store
I recently found another farmer online running a 12 Month Farm Finance Challenge. Eleven farms are writing blog posts every month about their finances and sharing how much money they spent and how much money they earned. Being this candid about farm finances is huge - I hope this helps customers better understand what their farmers are going through. It's pushing me to think about better ways to communicate about how farms work with all of you.
We’re still a young farm and are not covering our labor costs or overhead. Maitri Farm is very lucky to have financial support and be in a position to pay our crew livable wages. I have farmed on my own in the past and realized I did not have enough support to keep at it long term. We are working to scale up and be more efficient in order to do so. We’re proud of where the farm is, but there is still a lot of work to do.
Below is an example of the expenses and income we expect for one pig.