Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pasture & Livestock Management Workshop: Meet Me In WV!

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been asked to co-instruct a 2-1/2 day PermaEthos workshop at the Elisha’s Spring Farm in Walton, WV.  The workshop will take place from Thursday evening September 3rd thru Sunday morning September 6th.  Please read on and considering joining me for this fun filled, value packed, educational event!

My cohort for the weekend will be Mike Haigwood of Real Life Consulting and together we’ll be covering all aspects of grazing, pasture management and restoration, forage selection, soil health, fencing, buried water systems, animal handling, marketing, business planning and more.

The fee for the workshop ($350/person or $625/couple) includes not only your admission to the class, but also all of your food and drink for the entire time!  Most of the food (pork, poultry and veggies) has been produced on the farm where the workshop is being held, using methods that are organic in practice.  This is going to be a great time and will be absolutely jam packed with information!  We have nearly 20 hours of instructional time scheduled during our weekend together.  If you are interested in producing livestock in a grass based system don’t miss this event!  I have to say that PermaEthos has gone all out to make this class one heck of a value.

To learn more, just follow this link to the PermaEthos website.  There you can read the entire class itinerary, read a biography on myself and Mike Haigwood, look at the additional activities scheduled (optional evening classes, barter blanket, campfire discussions) and of course reserve your spot.  There are a limited number of seats available, so don’t wait too long to sign up!

Since you are a reader of my blog, I want to give you a heads up about what I’ll be specifically discussing during my sessions each day.  Keep in mind that what is listed below is in addition to what Mike will be covering, the optional evening classes taught by the guest instructors, a farm tour and our topic based campfire chats!

Day 1:  The first session will deal with the nuts and bolts of whole farm infrastructure including hi-tensile fence for cattle and pigs, corral loading systems, multi-use chicken tractors, buried water systems, rotational grazing and pasture restoration.

In the afternoon during session two we’ll be outdoors with a hands-on instructional class where we build hi-tensile fence like we use here at our farm.  We’ll show you how to use fiberglass fence posts, crimp wires, install a ratchet strainer, build an h-brace, make electrical connections and more.  Bring gloves because you’ll be getting your hands dirty!

Day 2:  Marketing and business planning will be the focus here, and we’re allotting 25% of the classroom instructional time to these subjects!  Session one will deal with how to build a marketing list, marketing displays, free marketing tools, how to select a farmers market, income diversification, working with restaurants or health food stores and more.

In the second half I’ll cover business strategies, cash flow management, product cost analysis, economies of scale, setting retail and bulk prices, tracking expenses, liability insurance, legal protection and more.

I sincerely hope that I get to meet many of you at this event!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me and I’ll be happy to respond.  See you in September!