Our 2017 series has ended, but we will have another series of workshops in 2018. Check back for updates.
“We believe in organic pastured farming and want to help that become a reality for more farmers.” ~ Diana Ambauen-Meade, Founder and Owner
We work with farmers around the Pacific Northwest to utilize heritage and innovative farming practices and to help secure a thriving regional food system. One of the ways we are working with farmers is our launch of a farmer outreach program that includes how-to guides, educational videos, marketing materials for farm products, and hands-on workshops presented by other farmers.
The Rubber Boots Workshop Series is a lineup of farmer-to-farmer educational events where both new and seasoned farmers share knowledge. The goal of the workshops is to help farmers overcome operating obstacles, learn best practices, and be successful feeding their animals wholesome organic food. The workshops will be presented by farmers who are using organic whole grains and feeds in innovative ways and have developed farming efficiencies.
August 31, 2017 – Raising Meat Birds: Organic from Day 1
Joan Hurst of G & H Pastured Poultry in McCleary, WA
Join us at G&H Farms, where farmers Joan will share her expertise about her broiler operation, including from chicks to processing. Joan Hurst and Terry Gentry operate a small 20-acre ranch with a mission to raise healthy chickens for their family and community. Disappointed with the rearing practices and overall quality of chickens produced commercially, they dedicated themselves to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens. Joan and Terry raise colored ranger chickens on organic grains and pasture greens and they handle processing in their own small facility, giving them full control so they can say with confidence that their chickens are some of the best.
September 27, 2017 – Fermenting Whole Grain Feeds: Better Health, No Waste
Matt Steinman of Foothills Farm in Sedro Woolley, WA
Farmer Matt of Foothills Farm is a mastermind of fermenting feeds. Join him on his farm as he shows you the no fuss, no muss way to ferment feed for your flock. Matt’s 100-acre farm has been in his family since 1946 and four generations have lived and worked on the land. He is a farming jack-of-all-trades — in addition to raising over 800 chickens on fermented Scratch and Peck feed, he also breeds horses and goats, and grows produce for farmers markets, CSA boxes, and the food bank. Foothills Farm is proof that with a little creativity, fermentation at any scale is possible!
October 14, 2017 – Raising Chickens on an Urban Farm: Optimal Nutrition
Malama Library in Hawaii
Join us, Malama Manoa, and Asagi Hatchery to learn about sustainable, urban chicken farming. Gain insight about choosing the right breed of chicks for your urban setting, optimal laying nutrition in the Manoa Valley, and how to incorporate chemical free bug control and garden fertilizer with your chickens. Permaculture practices incorporate animal raising to meet the needs of the land. This hands-on workshop will include live chickens!