Chicken Processing Workshops


Come learn at the farm!

Discover the Sassafras Farm experience.
All retreats and workshops take place at Sassafras Farm– home of Chickens in the Road–located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of Roane County, West Virginia, approximately 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV.

Chicken Processing Workshops

IMG_5327regFrom chick to plate, this full-day workshop has it all. Learn the basics of selecting and brooding chicks, and managing, growing, and housing chickens, along with hands-on poultry processing. Whether you have a small farm or just chickens in your backyard, you’ll gain the experience to provide your own healthy, natural poultry. This is a HANDS-ON workshop. Included will be slaughtering, scalding, plucking, gutting/cleaning, as well as vacuum packing your meat. Also included is making chicken jerky and a pressure canning chicken demonstration. Every attendee will leave with their own fully processed bird. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch is included. One-day workshop. $75.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Spaces are limited! Sign up to hold yours! Email [email protected] to sign up by mail, or go here to register online via Etsy.

The Sassafras Farm Experience

Learn! Find old-time skills and fresh, new methods with in-person mentorship, in-depth and hands-on, at a real working family farm. Take home fun and functional know-how for self-sufficient living and old-fashioned crafting–and take home what you make, too. Every retreat day includes lunch plus all your instruction, supplies, and take-homes along with an opportunity to milk the cows or goats, visit the chickens, give treats to the animals, and rock on the porch while you watch the calves frolic. All you need to bring is an apron (optional), muck boots (recommended for forays to the barn), and your enthusiasm to learn! Every workshop is HANDS-ON with teacher and milk maid Suzanne McMinn, writer and creator of Chickens in the Road.
Accommodations are not included. See the Suggested Accommodations page.

Kids are welcome. Teens may sign up to attend this retreat accompanied by a parent/guardian. (Both teens and parents must be paid attendees. Please be a good judge of your teen’s maturity, behavior, and interest in the subject matter.)

Location: All workshops take place at Sassafras Farm in Roane County, WV, about 30 minutes north of Charleston, WV near I-79.

Cost: Cost includes ALL instruction, supplies, lunch plus snacks, and take-homes. One-day retreats are $75 per person. If you sign up, please plan to attend. Retreat reservations are nonrefundable. If you can’t attend for some reason, your reservation payment may be applied to another retreat of your choice where there are openings available. (Retreats also make great gifts to friends and family!) And yes, many men attend workshops here!

Sign up! Email Suzanne at [email protected] with the full name for each attendee to sign up. (You may sign up for a friend if you are coming together.) Payment information will be sent at that time. Directions to the farm and other information will be provided to attendees in advance of the retreat. You can also go here to register online via Etsy.

See more 2017 workshops at the farm open for registration: 2017 Sassafras Farm Workshops

Private groups, corporate retreats, and school groups: See information here for Private Groups and Family Reunions or here for Corporate Retreats and Company Picnics or here for School and Camp Groups.

Looking forward to seeing you at the farm!