Chickens are a great resource for the homesteader and farmer. Not only are eggs a wonderful and delicious source of nutrition, but hens are also an invaluable addition to any garden through fertilization and pest control. And if you have the space, you may choose to raise broilers and rest easier knowing exactly where your meat is coming from. Either way, knowing how to humanely dispatch a bird is the greatest dignity you can give the animal before it is harvested for food. And intimately knowing the sacrifice required to put food on your plate is key to becoming an ethical eater.
We will teach the essentials to humane slaughter, and show you how to pluck, clean and eviscerate the bird so that it is ready to go in the pot. You’ll have the opportunity to practice with at least three birds, so that you’ll be confident when the time comes for you to handle the process on your own. The class will be limited to 10 students to ensure that everyone gets one-on-one time and leaves confident.
Each participant will go home with at least three pastured, humanely-raised birds. If you have birds of your own that need to go to freezer camp, you’re welcome to bring them.
About the Instructor:
Kirsten Simmons runs Ecosystem Farm, an East Atlanta experiment in reproducible, chemical free agriculture. Kirsten started farming after an accident left her with a concussion in 2012. What started as a small garden turned into a community garden, then a front yard farm, and then two acres in East Atlanta. Ecosystem Farm provides food for 35 families and is the first of a customizable farm franchise that will eventually undermine industrial agriculture.
COST: $100; 10% discount for Homestead Atlanta members with discount code
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