Working with meat processing plants is like ‘dealing with the DMV every day of your life,’ says rancher Meredith Bell

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Meredith Bell describes being a deer in headlights when the pandemic first hit. Now demand is high for her meat. Photo courtesy of Autonomy Farms

At the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, correspondent Gillian Ferguson checks in with Meredith Bell, owner of Autonomy Farms. Bell breeds pigs, cows, and chickens at her 20-acre farm in Bakersfield. She shares how she raises chickens to the boutique three-pound size often called for in cookbook recipes.



Evan Kleiman