MARIN Sun Farms announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to operate a beef processing plant in Petaluma, Cal.
Marin Sun Farms founder and chief executive officer David Evans purchased the recently closed Rancho Feeding Corp. facility last month to provide area ranchers with slaughter services.
"I am proud to announce that Marin Sun Farms will soon be resuming operations at this facility. This plant is the gateway for small, niche producers to get market access, and I want to get that back to full operations so that consumers can enjoy a growing number of options from local producers in the marketplace," Evans said.
Marin Sun Farms will offer slaughter, cut/wrap and distribution services with a focus on local, pastured meat. The company plans to begin operations at the Petaluma facility on April 7.
Marin Sun Farms has USDA approval to harvest beef and pork at this facility and plans to add lamb and goat in the near future. It anticipates being certified organic by the end of the year.
Under the operation of Rancho, the Petaluma facility was closed after a massive recall of nearly 9 million lb. of beef processed at the facility. USDA's Office of the Inspector General is still conducting an investigation into the recall, but no further details have been released.