Harvey’s Coming Presentations
I have the following presentations scheduled for the remainder of 2014:
- June 6 & 7, Warrenton, Virginia:
The Livestock Conservancy (Formerly American Livestock Breeds Conservancy), in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Farmer Veteran Coalition, will host a two-day workshop, From Service to Stewardship. The workshop’s intent is to “help transform today’s veterans into tomorrow’s farmers.” Friday June 6 will feature workshops on poultry (my own presentation) and other livestock, with emphasis on use of heritage breeds in small market operations. On Saturday June 7, participants may choose to tour one of three local farms. Preference is being given to veterans, but others may register as well.
- June 14, Montpelier, Virginia:
The Soil and Water Conservation District for Hanover and Caroline counties will sponsor a “Back to the Farm Workshop” on small-market poultry operations. I will present the featured talk from 9:00 to 11:00 in the Montpelier Community Center, after which participants will tour a local small farm that produces pastured broilers for market. Cost for the workshop is $10 per person and includes brunch and a complimentary copy of my book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock (some deal—retail price is $39.95!). Registration is required and will be capped at 40 participants. Register online or call the Hanover-Caroline SWCD office at (804) 537-5225, Ext. 102.
- July 25-26, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania:
I will give two presentations at a two-day event titled “Family Day on the Farm”. Though this gathering targets the local Amish community, all are welcome to attend. The event opens Friday evening, July 25, with offerings by vendors (I will have copies of my book to sell) and a keynote address. Choose among a number of presentations on Saturday, July 26. As soon as the flyer for this event is available, I will update this notice with additional details.
My two presentations will be:
- The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers (Morning) My signature presentation on holistic poultry husbandry in the sustainable homestead. Appropriate for beginners and more experienced flocksters alike.
- Strategies for Soil Care (Afternoon) An exploration of some of the options for improving soil texture, fertility, and organic matter content. I will discuss approaches to composting in addition to Sir Albert Howard’s classic compost heap; the importance of cover cropping and the range of options for their use; and the role of livestock and especially poultry in the soil improvement program.
- September 12-13, Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello):
The annual Heritage Harvest Festival, sponsored at Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello, by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, just gets better and better each year—lots of vendors and dozens of interesting speakers and topics. Copies of my book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock (Chelsea Green, 2011) will be on sale, with several book signings on the schedule.
I will give three presentations:
- The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers My signature presentation on holistic poultry husbandry in the sustainable homestead. Appropriate for beginners and more experienced flocksters alike.
- The Sustainable Home Flock A discussion of three foundations of a more holistic homestead flock independent of outside purchases: (1) Breed choice, with a discussion of my flock of Icelandic chickens as my ideal homestead breed. (2) Feeding as much as possible from home resources. (3) Breeding our own improved stock using techniques that maximize genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding depression.
- Trash to Treasure: Bioconversion of Organic “Wastes” into Resources We will look at some fascinating examples of “trash to treasure,” such as Growing Power’s turning 10,000 tons of food residuals a year in the Milwaukee/Chicago area into soil fertility for their greenhouses; or Vermont Compost’s use of flocks of hundreds of layers to work compost while feeding from the heaps and producing thousands of dozens of eggs as an additional income stream—entirely without purchased feeds. Bioconversion of organic wastes goes far beyond Sir Albert Howard’s classic compost heap, and this talk will explore some of the possibilities at the home and farm scale.