Alyssa Elliott (center), selected for an apprenticeship at T&E Meats, enjoys a laugh at a press conference on Wednesday with (left to right) Teresa Salatin and her husband Joel, co-owner of T&E; Brydie Ragan, T&E business manager; and company co-owner Joe Cloud. Elliott will be the first recruit in a state-approved apprenticeship program to train meat industry professionals. (Photos by Holly Marcus / Special to the DN-R)
Joel Salatin — farmer, local food advocate and co-owner of T&E Meats — says the nation has “marginalized our best and brightest” from entering “heritage trades.”
Matt Lohr, Virginia commissioner of agriculture, addresses the press conference unveiling the new apprenticeship program being offered at T&E Meats.
Joe Cloud, co-owner of T&E Meats, is optimistic about his industry: “We’re seeing the start of a butcher revival.”
Alyssa Elliott is front and center at a press conference at Eastern Mennonite University on Thursday after being selected for an apprenticeship at T&E Meats. Behind her are T&E co-owner Joe Cloud (left) and Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Matt Lohr. “It’s fun to be coming in on the ground floor,” Elliott said of her unique position.