Farm Courses

Continuing in the spring of 2013, courses on the complete guide to Pastured Poultry, Pastured Pork, Bio Char & Rocket Stoves 101, Introduction to Permaculture & Soils, Grass Feed Beef (Rotational Grazing), and Growing Vegetables will be held here at the Farm.

To see times and costs of the courses, please go to the Calendar Page above or <Click Here>

It will be an exciting time and a great opportunity to share in the knowledge and in the harvest.  These courses are all encompassing and will provide you with everything you’ll need to jump right in and “Get Your Farmin’ On”.

The courses will be multiple day courses and you will lodge in the Anyone Can Farm Bunk House, Camp in the Camp Ground or stay at a local hotel.  Friends and fun at the Farm.

Pastured Poultry Course

Course Includes:  Brooding, Housing Construction, Raising, Field Operations, Feeding & Care, Preparation for Processing. Preparation for Processing- Step 2, Chicken Butchering, Breakdown (Cutting Up), and packaging.  Marketing, financials (Business Case or Returns on Investment), selling, Direct Marketing and working with Community Groups.

 

This class starts on Friday evening with an invitation to dinner with the Bakers, then you’ll be in the thick of it with the crating of the chickens for processing the next day.

Bright and early on Saturday, you will see the field operations, and then you join our crew in the butcher shop. You’ll get to rotate through all the positions so that at the end of the day you’ll be able to fully process a chicken. The afternoon will be spent learning how to cut and pack chickens, focusing on utilizing the whole bird.

Sunday will start with the feeding and moving of the birds on the pasture and then you’ll focus on brooding, housing, chicken tractor construction, feeding and care and marketing of the pastured poultry.  The course ends around 4pm.

Cost is $300 and includes free camping on site and an invitation to dinner with the Baker Family on Friday night, all meals on Saturday and Sunday.   You are free to bring your own food to prepare in the campground if you prefer.   Please e-mail bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com or call 231-825-0293 to sign up for this event.

 

Pastured Pork Course

Course Includes:  Breeding, Feeding, Housing, Foraging,  Finishing, Farm Processing.   Marketing, financials (Business Case or Returns on Investment), selling, Direct Marketing and working with Community Groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to this class on how to process a hog from oink to ham.  This class is designed as an intense introduction for those who want to learn the old time arts of butchering and preserving pork in a low-tech method for home or restaurant use.

Charcuterie is the art and science of preserving meat. Pork is especially suited for this purpose. This is your chance to learn how to process a heritage hog from oink to ham.

At this hands-on offering on our working farm, you will have the opportunity to learn:

*How to feed and care for a hog for optimal charcuterie processing.

*How to slaughter a hog on-farm, including scalding and scraping.

*How to use seam butchery techniques to turn half a hog into useable pieces.

*How to utilize many of the organ meats.

*How to make your own lard and sausages.

*How to cure your own bacons, hams, and other cuts.

*Help make a working farm run by milking the cows, collecting eggs, and slopping the hogs.

Take home meat and some tools available for sale.

Cost is $499 and includes free camping on site and an invitation to dinner with the Baker Family on Friday night, all meals on Saturday and Sunday.   You are free to bring your own food to prepare in the campground if you prefer.   Please e-mail bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com or call 231-825-0293 to sign up for this event.

 

Bio Char 101/201 – How to make “Natures Black Gold” Course

Course Includes:  Basics of Bio Char, How it’s Created, Benefits of Bio Char and Carbon Sequestration, The Many Applications of Bio Char, Retort (Bio Char Kiln) Construction, Proper Raw Materials, Inoculation of the Bio Char, and Syn Gas explanation and Use and Firing of a Retort. If time permits we will be covering Rocket Stoves and Mass Rocket Stove.

This class starts on Friday evening with dinner, followed by a pasture walk and first fire (The basic understanding of Bio Char and heating/fire principles)

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Bright and early on Saturday, you will work in groups burning an existing retort, how to build one and cover the many aspects of Bio Char.  Saturday afternoon you will learn about materials, bio char inoculation and syn gas.  Saturday night is filled with fun and excitement as the group enjoys a Night Burn of the “Triceritops” retort after dinner with the Baker Family.

Sunday we will process bio char and learn more about inoculation and applications in animal feeds and in growing healthy soils.  This will lead into Permaculture design and sustainable farming/gardening application where bio char is best utilized. The course ends around 4pm.
Build a Retort in the Class – If you would like to build your own Bio Char Retort in the Course, you can offer to have the group build yours right in the class.  You only need to pay for materials at approximately $80.

Cost is $300 and includes free camping on site and an invitation to dinner with the Baker Family on Friday night, all meals on Saturday and Sunday.   You are free to bring your own food to prepare in the campground if you prefer.   Please e-mail bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com or call 231-825-0293 to sign up for this event.

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Intro to Permaculture & Soils Course

Course Includes:  This course will introduce you to the basic of Permaculture from nomenclature to design.  Enjoy a weekend of action packed farm life and learning.    

This class starts on Friday evening with an invitation to dinner, and evening pasture walk.  Then you will have introductory conversations and get to know your peers around the campfire.

Bright and early on Saturday morning is Session 1A on Permaculture design and understanding the big picture on planning.  Session 1B, Saturday afternoon, is getting you hands dirty and learning about soils and what makes Permaculture so powerful to your particular biosphere.

Sunday’s Session 2A is about livestock and Permaculture.  How they work hand in hand to create; the holistic relationship between flora and fauna.  In the afternoon Session 2B, you will experience a favored practice on the Bakers Farm.  You’re going to love this…but it’s a surprise.

Cost is $499 and includes free camping on site and an invitation to dinner with the Baker Family on Friday night, all meals on Saturday and Sunday.   You are free to bring your own food to prepare in the campground if you prefer.   Please e-mail bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com or call 231-825-0293 to sign up for this event.

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Rotational Grazing Course

Course Includes:  Fencing, Watering, Pasture Management, Rotation Scheduling, Principles and Practices, and Going to Market.  Marketing, financials (Business Case or Returns on Investment), selling, Direct Marketing and working with Community Groups.

Cost is $499 and includes free camping on site and an invitation to dinner with the Baker Family on Friday night, all meals on Saturday and Sunday.   You are free to bring your own food to prepare in the campground if you prefer.   Please e-mail bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com or call 231-825-0293 to sign up for this event.

 

Remember, anyone can farm.

Thank you for visiting and we’ll see you at the farm.