Tuesday, March 22, 2011

come on over!

Breakfast in the Backyard
Memorial Day Weekend 2011: Sunday

Still spots open for this Sunday Chicken workshop. It's an introduction to keeping laying hens, and comes with your own three chicks and a copy of Chick Days (my new beginner chicken book!). It's a full day from 10AM till 4PM at the farm, enjoying cuddly little ones This is crash course in how to raise backyard chickens for beginners, and get this, it comes with chickens All people who sign up for the all-day workshop will go home with three heirloom laying chicks and a copy of my beginner’s book: Chick Days. You’ll go home with your new birds and everything you need to know to raise them right. This is a great opportunity for people who just need that friendly push to take the plunge into the poultry world. No experience with chickens needed to attend, and I am confident anyone leaving CAF that day will go home with confidence that they can raise their peeps to laying hens come fall.

The workshop will start at 10AM and include a brunch spread, coffee, and juice and start with group intros and lecture on how I came into birds and how they changed me into the farmer I am starting to become. There will be a tour of the coop and farm and more discussions on housing, healthcare, and a Q&A period as well. I would also like to host a group discussion about the importance of self-reliance and the first steps of adding animal husbandry to our modern backyards: both for food security and local production. It will be a day of like minds, baby chickens, farm animals, and probably a fiddle tune or two.

BBQ in the Backyard
June 4th 2011

I will also do a workshop on small-scale meat bird production if there is an interest (which will not include a Chick Days book, but will include 5 meat birds to take home and raise for your table.) This all day events (also 10-4 with food and refreshments) will include lecture, and instruction in home processing with a live demonstation. You’ll go home knowing exactly which boning knife to buy at the kitchen store and my secret leg loop trick for hanging fowl by their feet without a fuss. All the basics of raising backyard meat will be covered, but the bulk of the day will be on how to safely and humanely turn animals into food. (Trust me, I am an expert on the SAFE part after last summer’s lesson). This will take place on the farm in on June 4th.

All workshops are limited to ten people, and slots are filled when the workshop is paid for to secure your space.

Sheep 101: Summer Solstice
Sunday June 19th, 2011

So you want to be a shepherd? Then come to this sheep farm and get know information and inspiration! This will be a casual intro-to-sheep course that will go into feeding, fencing, housing, and maintaining a flock. You'll get a copy of Storey's Sheep Book, and information on everything from local shearing workshops to sheepdog trials, but not lambing. We can cuddle lambs and talk about my experiences, but I don't feel confident teaching folks about all the birthing business yet! It goes from 10-4 and includes food and farm time, bring along your knitting projects too. Hopefully we'll end the workshop with a campfire and some mountain music, so bring a guitar! I will say this: I attended a similar workshop as a sheepless renter in the Spring of 2008 and now just three years later I am lambing on my own small farm! Get the wheels turning, people!

If you are interested in any of these, please email me at jenna@itsafarwalk.com for details and booking!


OpenID majesty1700 said...

2001? Where'd you get a time machine? I need one...

March 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

majesty: I think Mother Earth News had a DIY article on time machines :-D

March 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
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March 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Congrats on the new lamb, Jenna. I've been checking several times a day.

While you wait, you may be interested in reading this article that appeared in our paper today, about women farmers: http://www.uticaod.com/features/x1315189862/Women-operating-farms-in-greater-numbers

March 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Rats. I'd love to be in on the chicken processing, but I've got another obligation that day.
Have fun!

March 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I've been looking longingly at your chicken workshops... but we're not ready for chickens yet this year. Next year. Thanks for being an inspiration, as always. Elizabeth

March 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Great Jenna: Workshops are a great value added for the small farmer and of course a great confidence builder for those taking the first steps. I am so-o-o looking forward to my shipment from your CSA.
Hoping it won't snow tonight but it sure feels like it.
Janet in Nova Scotia

March 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Ohhhhh-I wish that you lived by Minnesota. I would love to come to your workshops.
We too, are homesteaders and currently are incubating eggs from our own flock to increase egg and meat production for ourselves. It has been an excellent learning tool for our children.
Keep up the blogs.
Absolutely love reading your stories.

Nisswa, MN

March 23, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
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March 23, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

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