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Workshop on farming with heritage breeds of livestock and poultry set for May 4-5

By Jeannette Beranger
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) May 4 – 5, 2012, for a two-day workshop that will help transform today’s veterans into tomorrow’s farmers. This first-of-its kind workshop will educate and train America’s service men and women on the skills necessary to steward some of America’s most historic and endangered farm animals.

The workshop will be held Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. The workshop will be located at Central Carolina Community College Pittsboro Campus at 764 West Street. Friday’s program will include a full-day classroom session featuring many local farmers speaking about a variety of species. On Saturday, attendees will select a track and visit local, successful small farm operations where they will get an up-close look at the realities of heritage breed farming. Over the course of the two-days, veterans will learn about hog production, poultry production, heritage cattle, raising equines, and small ruminant production. In addition, vets will be introduced to the marketing aspects of raising heritage breeds. On Friday, participants will enjoy a lunch that will feature heritage breed products prepared by the Natural Chef Program at CCCC.

The two-day workshop fee is $95, which must be paid in advance through cash, check, or credit card. Workshop reservations can be made by calling (919) 542-5704, or emailing The fee includes all workshop materials, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and farm tours on Saturday.

ALBC is working to provide transportation to Saturday’s farm tours, but at this point in time, transportation has not been secured. You will need to plan to provide your own transportation to the farm tours. If ALBC is able to secure transportation for attendees, we will inform attendees in advance. Reservations for this workshop are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Priority will be given to service men and women. After April 1st, ALBC will accept registrations from the general public.

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