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ALBC News Sample Article: July/August 2012

From Service to StewardshipPoultry WS

ALBC recently teamed up with the Farmer Veteran Coalition to host a first-of-its-kind workshop to educate and train America’s service men and women on the skills necessary to steward some of America’s most historic and endangered farm animals. Over 70 attendees enjoyed the two day Service to Stewardship workshop. The first day of the workshop was held at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and three farm tours took place at nearby farms the following day. Attendees from across the United States were in attendance, and gave the workshop rave reviews.

A fabulous lunch was prepared for workshop participants by the Central Carolina Community College Natural Chef Culinary Program, and it featured Guinea Hog and Saxony and Magpie duck eggs. All three of these breeds are listed as critically endangered on ALBC's Conservation Priority List. The menu included greens from the school farm with pork cracklins, duck egg steamed custard, heritage pork pâté with apple mustard chutney, grilled flatbread with farm herbs and lardo, lightly smoked ham hock, citrus braised pork belly, roasted pork loin with spicy NC peanut sauce, sweet tea brined ham, slow-roasted, pulled pork butt with apple slaw, and bacon cookies! (Hungry yet???)
Content of the workshop included presentations on how to raise heritage hogs, poultry, cattle, equines, small ruminants, and economics and marketing of heritage breeds, as well as time for attendees to network with each other and discuss their plans for their own farms. A film crew was also on hand recording a documentary on veteran farmers in North Carolina. The crew has been following farmer veteran attendees Alex Sutton and his fiancée Jessica for several months, recording their experiences while adjusting to farm life.

The final day of the workshop included tours of a Red Poll cattle farm led by Jeff Wilkins, Tunis sheep farm led by AnnaRae Hodgin, and poultry farm featuring Narragansett turkeys, Magpie and Saxony ducks, and Delaware chickens led by Julie Gauthier. ALBC staff attended each session and received extremely complimentary feedback as attendees snapped photos, scratched down notes, and enjoyed hands-on education about rare breed husbandry. To learn more about ALBC's work with veterans, contact the office at (919) 542-5704 or email rwalker@albc-usa.org

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