Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

PFI Field Day: On-Farm Poultry Processing

Date: Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Start: 2:00 pm End: 5:00 pm

Location: Grimm Family Farm, 2976 KK Avenue, North English, Iowa

Contact: Lauren Zastrow, PFI event coordinator, (515) 232-5661, lauren@practicalfarmers.org

Observe and try poultry butchering and processing at this hands-on field day hosted by the Grimm Family Farm. Learn the proper way to safely, humanely, and cleanly kill and clean birds, and observe further processing and cutting. Jason Grimm will describe each phase of the poultry enterprise: brooder, pasture, processing, and marketing. Wear clothes that can get dirty! Topics will include a hands-on demonstration of poultry processing, including slaughtering, scalding, and plucking, and an observation-only demonstration of carcass evisceration, cleaning, and cutting. A light supper will be served after the demonstrations.

About the Farm: Jason and Hannah Grimm are the youngest of three generations on Grimm Family Farm. They raise corn, hay, oats, beef, poultry, produce, and dry beans. Long-term rotations and the integration of livestock keep the farm's nutrient cycle intact, and minimal use of chemical herbicides is practiced to maintain soil health. The farm markets products direct to customers and through the Iowa Food Cooperative, Iowa Valley Food Co-op, and New Pioneer Food Co-op.

Directions: From I-80, take Exit 216 toward Marengo/North English and go south on M Avenue for 8.7 miles. Turn right (west) onto 305th Street and go 1.7 miles to KK Avenue.

Related information

News Release [PFI website]

PFI is hosting 35 field days this year that showcase diverse farming, livestock, land management, farm business and on-farm energy and conservation practices at locations across Iowa. The Leopold Center is among a number of sponsors for the 2014 field day season.

All field days are open to the public and will occur rain or shine. Most are free to attend. To request a 2014 Field Day Guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.

To find the guide online and an overview of this season, check out this news release on the PFI website.