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Poultry Harvesting Workshop - Oct. 28th

Ready to take the next step to truly know your food? Come to our chicken processing workshop at Root Down Farm and learn all aspects of raising and humanely processing chickens. In this workshop, farmers will lead you through the entire detailed process of humanely harvesting a chicken for meat. You will have the opportunity to participate (or not participate) at any level you feel comfortable, and go home with your own packaged chicken. Whether you have a few chickens in your urban backyard or are thinking of starting your own poultry farm, these workshops are for you!

When & Where

When: Saturday, October 28th
Where: 2601 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero, CA 94060
Cost: $100
Maximum 12 participants. 1st come, 1st served

RSVP

1. To RSVP, email info@rootdownfarm.org or call 650-879-9921

2. Pay a $50 deposit to reserve your place

 

What to Expect

Gather for a tour of the farm at 9 am, led by the farm owner, Dede Boies. Following the tour, Dede will explain and demonstrate the entire process of the various ways to harvest a chicken. Participants will be given the opportunity to observe or participate at any level they are comfortable with under the supervision of farmers. After the process and clean up, we will gather as a group for lunch and discussion. 

Important Information

BYO lunch, water bottle, sunscreen
No dogs please
Pre-registration is required
BYO cooler to take home a free chicken. Additional chickens will be available for purchase.
Children under 12 are welcome with a non-participating guardian.

Please allow time to arrive and park. The tour starts promptly at 9 am.

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We've been a little busy

Theres a list of things I wish I was better at... stretching, drinking water, building things, playing badminton, and writing blogs.  Some of these more than others, but writing these blog posts are something that easily float to the bottom of the long list of things to do.  Its mid-September and I'd love to say that the season is winding down but we've got a few more full months ahead of us.  I am, however, beginning to feel the subtleties of fall all around, and with that some relief.  The leaves starting to yellow, the sunlight waining, the apples ripening, the crisp nights.  Bring it, fall.

As far as whats been happening at the farm??  Oh so much!  We have hosted some great tours from Bi-Rite SF, CUESA, Slide Ranch, Hidden Villa, and regular trips from the Girl Scout camp up the road.  The turkeys are growing big and doing their turkey escape routine at least 3 times a day.  Our livestock guardian dogs, Bunny and Mamie, are maturing into great nighttime protectors and yet giant softies when it comes to humans.  We've taken on more farmers markets this year, which helps with business and in getting our products into more hands and bellies.  We've tried a few different heritage breeds of ducks this year and have yet to settle on one that makes sense from start to finish.  Fingers crossed we have two pregnant sows who will move into the barn for the winter (with their piglets!).  After a lot of back and forth and checking my moral compass, we decided to raise a new breed of chicken this year, the Red Ranger (head over to "Our Products" page to read more about them).  We had a great year collaborating with the folks who sublease here; Steadfast Herbs, Fly Girl Farm and LeftCoast Grass-fed.  The apple orchard had a great growing year, just two more until we get some fruit!  The barn has been an unbelievable game changer to the farm - thank you POST!  We are about to complete a grant project from the NRCS to install a 1000 foot native plant hedgerow to increase biodiversity and beneficial creatures on the farm.  A very generous and anonymous donor has donated a 10kw solar collection system to be installed on the barn roof in just a few weeks!  And finally on a personal note, my partner and I expecting a baby this coming spring!

Thats just a little bit of what we've been doing this year.

we're tired.  but proud.  and well fed.  and excited for whats ahead.

Work Day and Burn - Sunday March 12th

Cabin fever got you down this winter?  Come out to the farm from 10-3 this Sunday, March 12th and help us with some spring cleaning projects!  We will be cutting back willows, blackberry and hemlock from the fence lines to increase pasture space and get our deer fences standing upright again.  We will also be cleaning up the orchard by weeding and mulching the apple trees.  Don't worry, there will be a project for everyone!  

If the weather and wind are right, we will have a burn pile going as well!

No Dogs, Please.

Please bring: lunch/snacks, work gloves, work clothes, layers, hats, water bottle, sunblock, and your positive attitude

Bring tools (if you have them):  hand saws, loppers, gloves

We will have:  water, snacks, some tools, and the BBQ going afterwards if you want to bring something to grill.

Directions:  We are directly across from Butano State Park on Cloverdale Road in Pescadero.   (put Butano State Park in your GPS).  Parking is very limited so bring friends and carpool!

Questions?  email us: info@rootdownfarm.org

We are hiring a farm assistant for April 1!

Root Down Farm is a perennial and pasture based livestock operation located in Pescadero, California.  We focus on humanely raising heritage breed chickens, turkeys, ducks and pigs through rotational grazing & foraging, while improving our soils and increasing biodiversity on the land.  We see ourselves as stewards of the land and use the behaviors of our animals to create healthy ecosystems and in turn produce delicious meats. 

Root Down Farm is beginning its fourth season and is looking for a motivated and committed part-time individual to join the team from February 1st through November 30th as we continue to build and grow our farm.  The ideal candidate will have farming or ranching experience, be a clear communicator, able to lift 50 pounds, queer friendly and interested in working hard while learning all aspects of our humane pasture based livestock and orchard operation.

Responsibilities will include (but definitely not limited to):

·      Daily observation, feeding, watering & caring of chicks in brooders

      Daily observation, feeding, watering & caring of chickens, turkeys, ducks and pigs on pasture

·      Daily & weekly moving of poultry and pigs (electric fence is your friend)

·      Maintenance of automated watering, electric fences, chargers, feeders

·      Weekly pick up of locally sourced feed

·      Regular cleaning of brooders and coops

·      Daily gopher trapping and seasonal orchard care

·      Livestock processing (bagging, labeling, weighing) both on and off-farm

·      Sales/marketing including working Farmers Markets and assisting with on-farm sales

·      Assist with farm tours, workshops and other public events

Qualifications & Skills:

·      Ability to work long days in different types of weather 

      Positive and Open attitude

·      Own transportation and valid drivers license

·      Ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis and repeatedly

·      Ability to communicate clearly and listen to instruction

·      Ability to be self-reliant and comfortable in a rural and quiet setting with little to no cell reception and unreliable wifi

·      Ability to trouble shoot and problem solve independently

·      Ability to work weekends

·      Work well as a team member and independently

      Ability to know when to ask for help to ensure personal and livestock safety

Additional Desired (but not required) Qualifications

       Proficient in Excel, Word and social media

·      Administrative tasks such as record keeping, marketing, etc.

·      Comfortable in being around animals

·      Experience or strong interest in tractor driving/maintenance

·      Experienced and comfortable in driving a truck with trailer

·      Experienced and comfortable with power tools and light carpentry

Compensation:

Private housing on the farm complete with outdoor shower, kitchen, and phone.

Meat and vegetables

Monthly stipend, TBD depending on experience

If Interested:

Please email resume, cover letter, and two references to: dede@rootdownfarm.org