July 12, 2017 -
New Processing & Food Product Safety Workshop for Poultry Farmers
The Northwest Agriculture Business Center has developed a rigorous class in poultry processing in partnership with the Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island. The hands-on workshop will be held July 12th, 2017 at the Organic Farm School in the Maxwelton Valley and is relevant for both the commercial producer and the home flock farmer. Training will take place in both a classroom setting and on NABC’s Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU), a processing facility for hire.
Included are overviews of regulations, processing methods, sanitation as related to food safety, quality control, and a practical, hands-on master class where students will process live poultry into packaged product on board the MPPU. Students will slaughter, eviscerate and package birds purchased direct from a local farm and take their work home to prepare and enjoy. This is a great opportunity for new farmers and those ready to scale up to tour the MPPU, see a demonstration of the unit in action, and learn what is required to process birds for sale.
Students will gain a greater understating and appreciation of processing technique and food safety protocols. Passing the exam at day’s end earns students a Certificate of Completion. The class and its materials will be translated into Spanish, as requested, by our bi-lingual instructor.