Support Vandal Brand Meats
The current meat processing facility at the University of Idaho is a USDA inspected plant used for teaching, research and outreach activities. The undergraduate teaching program in meat courses has nearly doubled since 2008 and experiential learning is a large part of the student experience.
The success of the meats lab is directly tied to Vandal Brand Meats, created in 1988 as a retail outlet for products made by students. Gross sales have grown substantially over the past few years, approaching $300,000 per year with very limited advertising.
The University of Idaho is launching a fundraising campaign to address some of the issues facing the current facility.
- The infrastructure needs modernization to improve worker safety issues and the humane handling of animals.
- Food safety rules prohibit the processing of fresh and processed products simultaneously in the same space. The current facility has one room so only one activity can be performed at a time. This substantially limits research and teaching opportunities and also production for Vandal Brand Meats.
- The facility is isolated and the opportunity to increase sales is hindered by poor visibility and traffic.
- The classroom space is small, restricting student enrollment growth and opportunities for workshops. Larger, modern classrooms will increase enrollment and workshop revenues for the program.
A new, modern facility will allow the University of Idaho to attract more students and produce the next generation of meat processing employees.
Please contact Jen Root for more information on how you can help support Vandal Brand Meats.