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Good Earth Farm and School, Buena Vista, Virginia announces the upcoming
Chicken Tractor and Free Range Poultry Workshop for June 18, 19, and 20.
Participants will learn breeder flocks, incubating or buying chicks and
poults, brooding, grow out, processing using manual and semi-automatic
equipment and techniques, and marketing through farm shop and to restaurants
and health food stores. Building free range shelters and paddocks,
rotational grazing with livestock, chicken tractors in market gardens,
rations that optimize growth, building a processing facility and commercial
kitchen, identifying and accessing markets, overview of USDA and state
regulations for production, processing and marketing.
Class size is kept small and highly participatory with plenty of hands on
learning. During the course we help you develop your pastured poultry
project, including business plan, budget, marketing strategy and a realistic
Good Earth Farm raises broiler, layer and turkey breeders, 2000 broilers,
600 layers, and 500 turkeys per year, for sale through the farm shop and to
local restaurants. We also grow bush hogs, grass fed beef, meat goats,
pheasants and quail and 3 market gardens. We are building a USDA inspected
poultry processing facility, and developing a regional producers'
Instructors are Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman, owners of Good Earth Farm and
authors of CHICKEN TRACTOR and BACKYARD MARKET GARDENING, Anne Fanatico,
ATTRA Project Specialist, and Steve Muntz, Project Director, Heifer Project
International, and Keith Perron, poultry processing equipment specialist,
Brower Equipment Company.
Tuition of $285 includes lunches, snacks, course materials and the Chicken
Tractor book. For more information contact Andy Lee, Director, Good Earth
Farm School, 1702 Mountain View Road, Buena Vista, Virginia 24416, phone and
fax 540-261-8775, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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