Got humane slaughter for your birds? Didn’t think so. It’s a huge barrier facing small family farmers everywhere. But size-appropriate infrastructure can be done and done so legally. Ali Berlow, author of The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse with a foreword by Temple Grandin, will lead this ag enterprise workshop, which includes these topics: developing funding structures, including nonprofit or private enterprise, to create a socially responsible business model that has economic sustainability; procuring proper equipment to humanely slaughter and process chickens (including a general equipment list and a blueprint for building a double-sided sink);and finding and training the Chicken Crew on optimal procedures for safety, humanely handling birds to maintain optimal welfare and health and compliance with regulatory procedures. Recipes and resources will be included.
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Ali Berlow founded Island Grown Initiative in 2006 as a nonprofit looking to support local farmers on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. She was instrumental in bringing the first mobile poultry slaughterhouse to the island as a way to help farmers slaughter and process their chickens as humanely as possible. Berlow is the editor of Edible Vineyard and has been a food writer for the last 10 years. She wrote the NPR essay series “A Cook’s Notebook” and blogs about food for the Huffington Post. She lives in Vineyard Haven, Mass.