Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Backyard Barbeque Workshop!
2 Spots left!

So this is a workshop I'm really excited to share with you. I'm taking last years' backyard Barbeque Meat Bird Workshop and upping the ante. Come to the farm for a full day of summer fun and slaughter. On June 16, 2012 the farm is open for chicken school! It will kick off with a meet and greet, then from 10:30 to 11:30 we'll go over the basics of chick care and raising. This workshop will feature Freedom Rangers, meat birds an animal apart from the standard Cornish Cross, and everyone who signs up is welcome to take home 5 chicks to raise for the table. After we discuss everything from brooders to coop plans, we'll break for a light lunch and tour of the farm.

After lunch we'll go through backyard butchering, step-by-step, from killing a chicken to wrapping it correctly for the freezer. This is not a workshop for the faint of heart, but you will learn the steps and supplies needed to prepare meat birds at home. After this we'll talk about the importance of pasture-raised poultry, both for our own health, and the health of the animals and planet. We'll discuss the birds role here at Cold Antler and with the help of Axe Man Brett, build a portable chicken tractor for the pasture. he'll show us all how to construct our own chicken tractors for backyard-meat production on grass instead of stationary pens. Mine will be made to follow the sheep from pasture to pasture via pony power! Yup, Jasper will drag it for me!

Workshop ends, followed by a private party with a campfire and BBQ of Cold Antler Farm raised chickens, stay for music and stories into the night.

Email me to sign up, limited to 15 people, camping optional

2 spots left!

24 Comments:

Blogger Karen Smith said...

What's the cost, Jenna?

November 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

please email me at jenna@itsafarwalk.com for costs, supply lists, directions, all that jazz! I don't put the personal information online.

November 22, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

You should be careful about advertising paid workshops and not disclosing the price. I have a good friend who got busted by the IRS for something very similar. In her case, they interpreted what she was doing as the attempt to hide income as "donations." The IRS has been getting serious about donations for blogs as taxable income. They advised my friend that her clinic (in this case, it was a horse training clinic) should be advertised with a fully disclosed pricing structure; NOT doing that was what caused them to investigate her. Just a word to the wise--I'm not a tax lawyer, but she really got burned in back taxes on this whole thing.

November 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thank you for your concern Crashdown, but all income and donations paid to this farm are taken care of by my accountant. Even "gifts" to the farm are taxed under federal law, and Paypal now sends 1099s out.

I don't disclose price because all workshops are different, and sometimes if people can not afford them we work out a payment plan, barter, or somesuch. I don't want people to see a number and decide they aren't coming. And sometimes people come from charity groups, and they do not pay for attendance in workshops, like last year some kids from the peacecorps came to learn about rabbit harvesting for a deep discount.

November 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

All I can tell you is that she had similar reasons--she wanted to have a flexible, variable price structure based on the types of horses being brought to the clinic. The IRS rep that audited told her doing that was a red flag and that she should ALWAYS publish a price structure for any event advertised to the public. You might want to discuss the whole thing with your accountant.

November 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

duly noted

November 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

An 1100+ mile motorcycle ride that time of the year to a pretty part of our little planet for some home cooked chicken and a relaxing day in the country sounds nice.

November 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Karen Smith said...

Wow, I didn't mean to create such a firestorm with such a simple question! Interesting info to know, though I am sorry that someone whose intentions were good got burned by the IRS. Those people scare the crap out of me ~ I knew someone years ago who ran afoul of them (granted, it was their own negligence but it was NOT malicious or criminal!) and I have been afraid of them ever since....

November 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I fear the boogey man under my bed; the monster that lives in my closet and the IRS man in a cheap suit and a mismatched tie. Fortunatly I developed a lethal repellant, equally effective on each one.

Let the games begin!

November 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm not worried folks! If an auditor wants to come with me to the feed store for a weekday visit, he'll start writing me donations!

November 22, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

NEVER underestimate the IRS.

November 23, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

"...a full day of summer fun and slaughter." Lol, Jenna, only you could put that kind of sentence together! Love it.

January 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Fun and Slaughter! My kind of day. Ahh. Too bad I'm so far away...and broke. But otherwise I'd be there!

January 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Sounds like fun...too bad I'm on the opposite side of the country!

Blessings,
Dianne
www.mysouthernheart.com
www.campbellkidsfarm.com

January 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Looking forward to learning about the proper way to utilize a Freedom Ranger. Must admit I’ve never butchered a chicken, but I once earned $724 cleaning pheasants for hunters one fall ($2 a bird). Checked out the Freedom Ranger website…they get gigantic, and they come in 3 colors-kind of like these meat birds.

January 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

"full day of summer fun and slaughter" Some of us think alike. My neighbor titled her photos of taking the meat birds to the slaughter house "A Fun Day At The Slaughter House". This year we did them ourselves. And by the way, she also has Barnheart.

January 13, 2012 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Summer fun and slaughter ..... what a combination .... however I do remember my grandmother killing chickens in the back yard when I was a little girl. Not for the queasy ....

January 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

summer fun and slaughter ... quite a combo ! I do remember my grandmother once killing chickens in the back yard when I was a little girl... not for the queasy or faint of heart.

January 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I was at the grocery store this evening and couldn't help but notice how many people were filling their carts with a lot of high calorie snack foods with very little nutritive value. There are so many nutritionally dense foods loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals that can be raised or grown at home easily in a cost effective way. Learning how to grow, harvest, and preserve good wholesome food are important skills. This sounds like a great workshop idea and the picture looks fabulous.

January 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM  
OpenID domesteading said...

I wish I could go! This is not the first time I have wished that California and New York didn't have all that pesky nation in between.

May 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

I'm with you about encouraging people to at least learn about growing some of their own food at home. Spread the word and try to be a good example. Our young chickens have been out in the chicken-tractor for just over one week now. Yesterday, we noticed our neighbors across the north fence, now have a similar pen set up. And today, there are some bobbing heads inside it. Yahoo!

May 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

that comment always makes me laugh; "farm fun and slaughter" !! slays me, no pun intended ....

May 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Backyard fun and slaughter! Are you advertising a horror film? ;) I love it; poetic. Another one where I wished we lived closer-especially now with our first flock-we're calling them "the Flockers".... Like when we brought them home and introduced them to the cats and dogs we said "meet the Flockers!", oh chicken humour! Maybe it's just me ;)

May 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I wish I didn't have plans that day. We've been toying with adding meat birds and turkeys to the laying hens but haven't taken the plunge. Maybe I can get similar tutelage this fall with the neighbors who do their own.

May 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM  

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