NEW! Beginning Farmer Workshop
This is a two day class for people who think that they want to start farming as a business and profession. In this workshop, we will talk about farming enterprises, getting started, acquiring land and capital, equipment, location, marketing, using social media, diversification, working with chefs, retail, wholesale and co-ops and more.
We are only taking 12 participants so that we can focus on what each person wants to do, answer your questions and get you started on a business plan. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided both days.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015
Saturday & Sunday, September 12 and 13, 2015
Raising Hogs-Raising hogs for your own pork is a very rewarding experience. We will cover buying and selecting feeder pigs and breeding stock, castrating, handling, health, tagging, shelter, feeds, fencing, marketing, processing and more. This is an all day class and lunch will be provided. We will be handling pigs, so dress appropriately. We have timed this class so that you will be able to prepare for your pigs before the litters start going up for sale in the spring. Lunch will be provided. Class limited to 12 participants.
Raising Goats & Sheep- Goats and sheep can be raised for meat, milk and fiber. We will talk about meat and dairy goats and meat and wool sheep, handling, selection, health, tagging, tattooing, milking, trimming hooves, marketing, processing, fencing, shelter and more. This is an all day class and lunch will be provided.
Raising Poultry-Chickens, ducks, turkeys and Geese
Poultry are the first thing that you should put on a diversified livestock farm. We will talk about raising poultry for eggs, meat and breeding stock, baby poultry, hatching, feeds, shelters, fencing, predator control, breeds, processing options, marketing and more. This is an all day class and lunch will be provided.
Dates: Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, March 22nd
Cost: $75 or $125 for two from the same farm
Using Draft Horses on the Farm-Beginning Horsemanship
This is an introduction to using draft power on the farm in place of or in addition to tractors.
We will cover handling horses, grooming, feeding, shelter, fences, selection, safety, harnessing, line driving, equipment that can be used on a farm and more. This is an all day class and lunch will be provided. Class limited to 6 participants.
Butchering Poultry at Home- This will be a half day , hands on class on how to butcher poultry on your farm. We will cover killing, scalding, plucking , cleaning, cutting up and packaging. Each participant will butcher their own chicken and take it home. Class limited to 8 participants. Discount for those who have taken the "Raising Poultry" class.