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Burk Ridge Farms investing in new mobile processing unit

Aug 5th, 2014 | Category: News

CUSTER – Burk Ridge Farms has invested in a new mobile processing unit to slaughter beef and pork. The family farm is owned by Michael and Devin Koenen, along with Devin’s parents, Vern and Joann Dykstra. “Our vision for our farm is providing highest quality possible of beef, pork and chicken to customers, and in order to sell cuts individually, it has to be processed at an USDA-approved facility,” Michael Koenen said in a press release.  “We didn’t find a lot of options, so we decided to take the bull by the horns and do it ourselves. The need by farmers in Whatcom County has been there for a long time.” Burk Ridge Farms will require farmers to meet specific requirements such as using a composting system, encouraging them to replicate the natural cycle. “We’re trying to bring a model of controlling the quality of the product inside and out — and we’re allowing other farmers to do the same thing,” he said. “We want to give other farmers the same opportunity we have.” For more information, contact

The unit is available to all of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and Island county producers. Burk Ridge Farms will be at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden Aug. 11-16, meeting the public and inviting them to see the new unit.

For more information, contact Sheila at (360) 746-5592 or

Additional information will be included in Grow Northwest’s September issue.

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