Central Rivers Farmshed

We organize events, programs, workshops and resources that help support a local food economy.

Craig Carlson of Ninepatch, will be teaching about raising and pasturing chickens. At Ninepatch, broiler chicks arrive in batches on 1000 every two weeks. Observe the whole process of raising chicks in the brooder barn, managing birds in a pasture, and loading mature birds for transportation to the processing plant. Come out and learn about pen design, feeding rations, and marketing strategies.

Events for the day include:
7:30AM – Coffee & welcome
8AM to 10AM – Brooder barn tour & daily operations
10AM – Breakfast
10:45 to 12PM – Help move 4 week old birds from barn to pasture
12PM to 1:30PM – Lunch and discussion

Participation is welcome. Please bring work clothes and shoes/boots.

Camp out or sleep over at Ninepatch on 8/10/16 to learn about and help out with loading and transporting the birds at 12AM, then the workshop resumes at 7:30AM on 8/11/16. Bring your own tent or stay indoors. The Carlson’s have space in their home for up to 12 guests. Please let us know in advance, if you plan to sleepover at the farm.

This workshop costs $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Please register here.

Full or partial scholarships are available. You can apply for a scholarship by clicking here.

About Craig Carlson & Ninepatch:
Craig Carlson and his family have been farming in Athens since 1999. They began raising chickens in the year 2000, and only raised 100 chickens at a time. Now their broiler chicks arrive in batches of 1000 every two weeks! Ninepatch is a pasture based farm, with rotationally graze cattle, sheep, and chickens. Craig has presented at a variety grazing conferences and hosts pasture walks with the grazing networks in Central Wisconsin.


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