Backyard Chicken Processing Workshops

There’s growing interest in keeping chickens—learn to process them at two upcoming workshops  in July and August:

Backyard Chicken Processing Workshop
Post Oil Solutions
Fair Winds Farm, Brattleboro, VT
Saturday, July 23, 2011
9 a.m.–12 p.m.

This workshop is designed to introduce people to the principles of getting a chicken from pasture to freezer on a home-processing scale, or a small commercial scale, using simple equipment, or by hand. It will cover methods of killing, scalding, plucking, eviscerating, and cooling. Attendees will be able to participate at whatever level they are ready: taking a chicken through the whole process, helping with any part of it, or just watching. People are asked, however, that you join in an atmosphere of respect and thanksgiving  throughout our workshop.

$20/$70 sliding scale; no one refused for lack of funds; please be as generous as you can to help support Post Oil Solutions and Fair Winds Farm. Pre-registration/payment required: 877.886.7397. Payment at the gate $20, if there is room. Please note that dogs are not allowed at the farm; leave your dogs at home.

These workshops will be led by Jay and Janet Bailey. Fair Winds Farm is a diversified horse-powered farm that has been raising chickens since 1978.

For more information: www.postoilsolutions.org

Processing Pastured Poultry
MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
2–5 p.m.

Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s Livestock Specialist, and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We’ll discuss poultry management, equipment, and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron and a willingness to learn.

Course fee is $30 each participant will take home a bird. Limited to 15 participants. Register online or call MOFGA at 568-4142.

For more information: www.mofga.org

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