Thursday, June 14, 2012

Integrating Pastured Poultry and Crop Production Workshop and Farm Tour


Workshop and Farm Tour, June 28 and 29 in Davis, California
Please join us for a two-day event about combining pastured poultry with cropping operations.
Thursday, June 28, is a workshop as outlined below. Friday, June 29, is a tour to nearby farms that successfully combine pastured poultry and other crops or livestock.

Who should attend this event? Farmers who are considering a pastured poultry enterprise. Farmers with pastured poultry operations who would like to learn more. People who are interested in starting to farm.
Location: Meet both days at Glide Ranch, 36355 Russell Blvd, Davis, CA
Dates: Workshop June 28, 8:30am–5pm and Farm Tour (travel by bus) June 29, 8:30am–4pm
Cost: $20 to cover both days. Thanks to a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency, NCAT is able to offer these workshops without charge to participants except for the cost of lunches.
Presented by: National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and ATTRA—the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, with funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Workshop Topics
•    Production practices: Raising chicks, housing, feed, forages, flock health, and strategies for integrating and rotating poultry with crops and other livestock
•    Regulations and food safety: Existing federal, state and local regulations for egg handling and on-farm processing of meat birds; emerging food safety rules and common sense considerations for keeping good food safe
•    Business planning and marketing: Enterprise and cash flow budgeting, recordkeeping, and pricing for financial sustainability

For more information, please see:
http://www.ncat.org/pdf/CA_Pastured_Poultry_Workshop_&_Tour.pdf
Featured Farmers
•    Chris Hay of Say Hay Farms, http://sayhayfarms.blogspot.com/
•    Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm (invited), http://www.eatwell.com/
•    Alexis and Eric Koefoed of Soul Food, http://www.soulfoodfarm.com/
Please register online promptly!
Workshop capacity is 30 participants. Because we will cover a great deal of information in this workshop and will travel by charter bus for the farm tours, we appreciate your commitment to participate both days whenever possible.
To register and provide payment information, visit www.ncat.org and click on EVENTS at the top of the page.
Or follow this link to the registration page: 06/28 09:00am Pastured Poultry Workshop & Farm Tours in California
You can help us tailor this workshop to your needs by sending an email to annb@ncat.org briefly describing any specific questions or challenges in your operation that you hope to address.
This is the third of five regional pastured poultry and crop production workshops and farm tours offered by NCAT in 2012. North Coast and Southern California workshops will be held later this summer. Dates and locations will be announced soon.

Contacts:
NCAT/ATTRA Agriculture Specialist Ann Baier, annb@ncat.org
NCAT/ATTRA Livestock Specialist Pamela Wolfepamelaw@ncat.org
NCAT/ATTRA Agriculture Specialist Rex Dufourrexd@ncat.org