[montanafood_ag] FW: Pastured poultry workshop in Hamilton

Matheson, Nancy NMatheson at mt.gov
Mon Mar 25 10:25:35 MDT 2013

Please help circulate this notice of three workshops, each with a top-notch keynote speaker. Hamilton, Livingston, Ronan.

Nancy Matheson

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Pastured Poultry Workshop set for April 11 in Hamilton

The National Center for Appropriate Technology, the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, and the Salish Kootenai College are offering a series of workshops in communities around Montana.

As the interest in pastured poultry production grows around the country, the workshops, with are funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency, will help answer questions Montana farmers and ranchers have about its opportunities and challenges.

The workshops will feature expert speakers from around the country. Each workshop will have a major theme, and they all will include additional sessions covering topics including: financial management, market identification and strategies, pastured poultry production issues, integrating pastured poultry enterprise into the diversified farm, processing regulations and food safety issues, and livestock insurance options.

The next workshop in the series is April 11 in Hamilton. The information on the remaining workshops follows:

● April  11, 2013 in Hamilton, MT from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Bitterroot Inn and Conference Center, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive
Hamilton, Montana, (406) 375-2525

Theme: Integrating Pastured Poultry Production into Farming Operations and Marketing

Keynote Speaker:  Janie Burns, co-owner of HomeGrown Poultry LLC.

Janie Burns has been active in providing local food for local people since 1989, when she started selling organic vegetables at Boise’s first farmers market. She has most recently helped to create the new Boise Farmers Market, where she will sell grass-fed lamb and pastured poultry raised on her 10-acre Meadowlark Farm south of Nampa, Idaho. Over the past 24 years, she has raised a wide variety of crops and sold to restaurants, CSAs, and retail stores.

In 2003, she and a business partner began HomeGrown Poultry LLC, a poultry processing business in New Plymouth, Idaho. Their 2000-square foot facility is slated to become Idaho’s only USDA poultry processing plant in 2012.

In addition to her farming and business ventures, Janie is on the board of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition and the advisory committee of the University of Idaho’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. She has previously served on the board of Rural Roots and the Idaho Department of Agriculture Organic Advisory committee.

Janie was raised in Ontario, Oregon and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Idaho. She was named the College of Idaho’s Distinguished Alumni in 2009

Farm Tour: Laura Garber Farm

Registration: http://bit.ly/WNxVIs

● May 2, 2013 in Livingston, MT from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:  Livingston Depot Center, Park Street, 406-222-2300

Theme: Wholesale and Retail Pastured Poultry Markets

Keynote Speaker: Tom Delehanty, Pollo Real, Socorro, NM

Tom Delehanty, a sixth generation farmer  whose ancestors homesteaded in Wisconsin in the 1830s, is the owner and operator of Pollo Real. The operation is the largest certified organic, pastured poultry operation in the United States. Pollo Real became the first certified organic pastured poultry operation in the US in 1996. At Pollo Real, chickens are harvested on the farm and hand processed with each step in its USDA inspected processing facility on the farm.

Farm Tour-Mark Rehder- chicken tractors

Registration Link: Registration Link: http://bit.ly/WNxVIs

● June 5, 2013 in Ronan, MT 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:  Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center

Theme: Pastured Poultry Product Diversification and Branding

Keynote Speaker: Ann Baier, NCAT Organic Program Specialist, Soquel, CA.

National Center for Appropriate Technology Program Specialist Ann Baier is a UC Davis graduate with a Master of Science degree in International Agriculture Development and Agronomy.  She has experience providing training and education to minority and limited resource farmers. Ann also is an inspector for the California Certified Organic Farmers and was the Executive Director of Roots and Wings, a nonprofit organization that provides farm- and garden-based education and training programs to young people.

Special Event:  Hands-on chicken processing demonstration

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/12xKdMQ

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