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Pastured Pork Workshop this Sunday



Article Published: Jun. 12 | Modified: Jun. 16
Pastured Pork Workshop this Sunday

Springhouse Farm is Vilas is a certified organic farm, specializing in pastured pork.

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Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture presents a workshop and potluck focused on Pastured Pork production at Springhouse Farms.

According to BRWIA, “This workshop is a perfect introduction on how to produce pastured pork on a small scale — for your farm or your family.”

The workshop and potluck will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Springhouse Farm in Vilas.

Amy Fiedler owns and operates Springhouse Farm, a certified organic farm. Fiedler received a Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture grant this spring to diversify her farm, after intense flooding wiped out most of her crop in the summer of 2013. She intends to offer an alternative to factory-farmed pork by starting her own Certified Humane pastured pig and pork operation. Her goal is to grow Springhouse Farms into a premier local source of feeder pigs and an instructor to local farmers on humane pastured pork production.

This informal workshop is designed to take place in a comfortable setting for those who are new to pastured pork production to learn more about how it can be done on a small scale.

“Whether you want to raise a handful of pigs for your family or a larger number for sale, this workshop will introduce you to the important aspects that need to be considered,” a BRWIA spokesperson said. “Don’t miss this opportunity to see how an area farmer has integrated pork production into other farm activities.”

The workshop is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck food item to share. The workshop will begin on June 15 at 4 p.m. at Springhouse Farms, located at 433 Silverstone Road in Vilas. To RSVP, contact Suzanne Fleishman at (programs@brwia.org) or (828) 386-1537.

More information about BRWIA’s summer workshop series and other programs can be found on BRWIA’s website, http://www.brwia.org.

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