Pastured Livestock Farm School – Ohio

pastured livestock farm school
The 2nd Annual Pastured Livestock Farm School will be held on April 21-22, 2018 at Pastured Providence Farmstead in Ohio
 
Who: Those who are considering starting a sustainable (or transitioning from a conventional) livestock operation
What: A 2-day, intensive educational and networking opportunity, including academic and hands-on sessions
When: April 21-22, 2018
Where: Chillicothe, OH
Why: To equip, inform, and empower current and future farmers for success in sustainable agriculture
 
These days, more and more people are actively seeking to source their meat from eco-friendly, humane, health conscious, local farms… with the tidal wave of consumer demand only now beginning to swell. We believe that “sustainable agriculture” is the way of the future, and we want to help farmers prepare themselves for a profitable future in their agricultural enterprise. Our Pastured Livestock Farm School targets those who are considering starting a sustainable (or transitioning from a conventional) livestock operation, and seeks to “equip both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture”. 

ACADEMIC TOPICS

  • Rotational, management-intensive, and mob grazing methods
  • Retail, wholesale, restaurant, and direct marketing opportunities
  • Website design, social media, online storefront options
  • Tools, equipment, infrastructure, fencing, farm layout and design
  • Digital and online tools to increase organization and efficiency
  • Budgeting, farm finances, appropriate data collection
  • Holistic animal healthcare, multi-species synergy
  • Business structures and planning, funding sources
  • Livestock breed selection, soil mapping, DIY hacks, and so much more

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

  • Tour entire farm and discuss/view equipment, barn, handling facilities
  • Rotate cattle/sheep “flerd” to fresh pasture, move temporary fence
  • Compare electric twine, rope, and netting systems, step-in posts, reels, etc
  • Move pastured broilers & free-range hens to fresh grass, feed woodlot pigs
  • “Work” baby lambs & calves (TBD, but the timing is right for lots of cuteness!)
  • Multiple networking opportunities to connect with other current and future farmers

You can check out www.pasturedprovidence.com/school for more detailed information. In addition, we have created a Facebook event that you can view here: https://www.facebook.com/events/322039338278801. Again, if you do see an opportunity for further partnership, please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email! I’d love to have your perspective, and please feel free to post and share as much as possible!

 
 
Learn about other Farmer Training Programs on beginningfarmers.org at http://www.beginningfarmers.org/beginning-farmer-training-programs/

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*