Humane and Sustainable Livestock Farming Workshop
Monday, May 21, 2012
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by CT NOFA, UConn & RMA
Join CT NOFA and the owners of Footsteps Farm, Craig and Sheryl Floyd, to learn about humane certified and sustainable livestock farming. Since 2002, Craig and Sheryl have produce humanely raised, grass fed pork, chickens, turkeys, beef and other farm products on the 15 acre Footsteps Farm in Stonington.
In 2006 Craig and Sheryl earned the Humane Certification for their poultry (turkeys, layer chickens and broilers) and their pigs. The certification is a consumer certification and labeling program and Footsteps Farm is the first and only Humane Certified farm in Connecticut. The label means that eggs, dairy or meat were produced with the welfare of the farm animal in mind. Craig describes his livestock as “free range all day, every day.” Craig will also explain Management Intensive Grazing, a rotational grazing system. These practices while ecological and humane also create high quality meats, dairy and eggs. Even Martha Stewart chose Bourbon Red Turkey from Footsteps Farm for her Thanksgiving Dinner.
The workshop is for farmers, homesteaders, or anyone interested in livestock production with a focus on heritage breed turkeys, Scottish Highlander cattle, Footsteps Farm’s own breed of pig, the Large Shireworth, laying hens and broiler chickens (though they will not be on the farm at the time of the workshop).
After the workshop there will be a beginning farmer dinner and gathering for those who have farmed for ten years or fewer. The workshop and beginning farmer mixer are made possible by a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture through the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
Michael Keilty will present a overview of UConn's RMA and SARE initiatives.
Members and Beginning Farmers (ten years or fewer of farming experience): $20
Online registration available is now closed. There are still spaces available, call the office at 203-888-5146 to register.