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Local Jerk is currently a one woman show making handcrafted jerky in downtown Santa Cruz.  The woman, Emma Magelssen, (me, Hi!) is striving to make quality products that taste, feel & look good. I love beef jerky & I love the planet.  I am a Local Jerk because I don't want those 2 things to be mutually exclusive. Local Jerk is conscience of its ecological footprint, actively looking for ways to reduce its waste and its use while investing in our community.