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Pig to Pork Chop: Hands-on Hog Processing and Butchering

October 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Frohloff Farm
East Quabbin Land Trust
236 Church St
Ware, MA

NOFA/Mass Member - $65 Non-member - $80

This workshop has limited space. Pre-registration well ahead of time is highly recommended.  For more information contact Dan Bensonoff, education events organizer, at or 860-716-5122

Do you raise your own pigs, goats, sheep? Want to gain independence from the slaughterhouse while learning how to humanely and skillfully harvest your own livestock? Come learn with The Roving Butcher, aka Jake Levin, as he leads us through whole hog processing. Starting with dispatching, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, Jake will then break down the pig into various pork cuts along with your help.  He will also share tips and tricks on how to use the odd bits and respectfully make best use of the entire animal.

There will also be an opportunity to tour historic Frohloff Farm, part of the East Quabbin Land Trust, which now hosts a variety of farms, including a 20 acre hog farm.

About the Instructor:
Jake Levin, is a nose to tail butcher and founder of The Roving Butcher.  Based in Western Mass, their mission is to assist and educate farmers, chefs, interested individuals, and market places in sourcing, processing, and utilizing locally-raised, pastured, whole animals. Services include on-site butchery, whole animal butchery classes, value-added product development, yield tests, and more. Jake grew up in the woody hills of Western Massachusetts where his passion for local, fresh food was first instilled in him.

More Info:
Lunch will be potluck style from Noon-1pm. Please bring a dish to share.  This hands-on workshop is both in and outdoors, so please be prepared for possible inclement weather and dress appropriately.

Click here to register online now or click here for a mail-in registration form

Limited scholarships are available for beginning farmers (those growing 10 or less years) who are active NOFA/Mass members. To apply please click here.  

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