Learn everything you need to know about chicken slaughtering from experts Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms and David Schafer of Featherman Equipment, including handling, bleeding, scalding, plucking and eviscerating. Honor the bird and hone your stewardship skills in this live, hands-on demonstration.
Don't Be Scared, Be Strange (Joel Salatin)
David Schafer, founder of the Green Hills Farm Project and author of The Greatest Life series of books, has been marketing his pasture-raised meats since 1989. He is founder of the Featherman Equipment company and lives his life with Renee DeTar in a self-built, off-grid, straw bale home in Jamesport, Mo.
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Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third-generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.
The farm services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing.
Salatin holds a bachelor's degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as The Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA and American Agriculturalist.
The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, Salatin's after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. Polyface achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
A sought-after conference speaker, Salatin addresses a wide range of issues, from creating a farm your children will want to making a white-collar salary from a pleasant life in the country. A wordsmith, he describes his occupation as “mob-stocking herbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.” His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.
Visit www.polyfacefarms.com for more information.