Workshops to help farmers take advantage of mobile poultry processing unit to take place March 1, 18 in Canton
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 6:22 am

CANTON -- A workshop for those who raise poultry will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at the Extension Learning Farm on Rt. 68, one of several sessions planned to help producers take advantage of USDA poultry mobile processing unit (MPU).

Another workshop March 18 is on restorative agricultural practices.

Topics at the March 1 session will include feeds and feeding of poultry, how to handle the feed, what types of feeds there are and where to purchase it.

In order to host the MPU the water at a farm must be tested twice a year. Information on how to have water sampled will also be presented.

In addition, Pete McDonald of McDonald Family Farm will present an all day workshop on Sunday, March 18 at the Learning Farm on relationships between soil, animals and people through a Finger Lakes enterprise dedicated to restorative agricultural practices for clean food production.

He will discuss breeds of chickens, housing styles, marketing techniques, easy-to-build equipment, and various types of poultry. There is a $15 fee per person to cover food. Register at 379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu.