The Mobile Processing Unit
The mobile processing unit (MPU) is the first USDA approved mobile processing unit in the US. The MPU was originally developed and owned by LCLT and operated by the Island Grown Farmers Co-op. The unit now belongs to the Island Grown Farmers Co-op (IGFC), and shuttles from farm to farm three or four days a week on Lopez Island to process animals slaughtered on their own farm site.
On September 5th, 2008 the Wall Street Journal published an article about the MPU entitled, “Have Knife, Will Travel: A Slaughterhouse on Wheels ‘Custom Butcher’ Gives Small Farms New Option to Sell Local Produce.”