Catskills Young Farmers and CADE are proud to bring you another hands-on training - Small Ruminants 101! This two day event will introduce beginning farmers to different approaches to raising sheep and goats for meat. Your teachers will be an inspiring mix of Delaware County farmers, processors, and educators focused on sustainable practices.
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Our farmer teachers (all members of the Catskills Young Farmers chapter!) have evolved their businesses over time to serve two emerging markets: agritourism and our growing New American communities.
Rain or shine, we’ll walk and talk with the farmers about their practices and different perspectives on raising animals for meat production. You’ll see a range of management skills in action, from on-farm slaughter, to pasture management, to animal health monitoring.
You’ll also hear from a local USDA-certified meat processor about what it’s like to sell premium farm products directly to consumers.
Plan to be on your feet for 3+ hours at a time of walking through fields, brush, and woods. Waterproof shoes and sturdy warm clothing are a must!
Delicious, locally sourced lunches will be provided by New Day Kitchen, and limited lodging is available for out-of-town folks upon request.
This event is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required. We have a max capacity of 12 participants. Full participation in both days is preferred, but not required. Beginning farmers, and those who self-identify as marginalized will be prioritized.