Topics for this intensive pastured poultry learning day include:
- Meatbird Production Overview - Spence and Cody Hopkins, Falling Sky Farm
- Health & Nutrition & Feed - Jeff Mattocks, The Fertrell Company
- Commercial Egg Production - Jeff Mattocks, The Fertrell Company
- Restaurant and Commercial Sales Discussion- Local Chefs, Meat buyers, & Spence & Cody
- Farm Tour
The workshop will be held on the Spencer's leased farm in Fayetteville, AR. The address and directions will be provided to registrants. Lunch is included with the registration fee. Registrants are responsible for all their own travel and lodging. The registration fees cover the event attendance only.
Spence is committed to helping fellow military veterans transition from their military service to sustainable agriculture careers. A limited number of scholarships to attend this event will possibly be available. Scholarships could potentially cover registration, travel, and lodging. Veterans who register and plan to attend will be eligible for the scholarship. You will have an opportunity to provide information about your current farming activities and military service to help determine scholarship recipients.
As a bonus, workshop participants are invited to tour the Spencer's home farm on Sunday (June 1, 2014) morning to see how the Spencers are utilizing very rough marginal land in their holler. Spence will show the group his forest & pastured pigs, goats, and brooder operations for his poultry enterprise. There is no cost to attend this informal tour on Sunday morning. The Sunday tour will be co-hosted by Jeremy Prater, a pastured hog famer & breeder as well as Jeff Mattocks from Fertrell.