Farmers and Hobbyists Learn Techniques And Requirements Of Poultry Processing

Chickens and other poultry can be a great addition to a farming enterprise, whether commercial or hobby level.  Processing itself can be a mystery to the newcomer however, and regulations and food safety can be daunting.  To encourage more farmers to try their hand at poultry, NABC set out to offer a straight-forward, practical master class in processing birds for consumption, and explain the rules and best practices in simple terms.

Whidbey Island was the first to host a class, thanks to the Organic Farm School and support from WSU – San Juan County.  On a sunny July day following a slideshow primer, 17 students sourced from the Farm School and open registration gathered around NABC’s Mobile Poultry Processing Unit to observe MPPU Supervisor Miguel Martinez and crew members Cristina Guerrero-Cisneros and Juana Torrez-Jimenez demonstrate how to dispatch, de-feather, clean out and package chickens to the highest humane and sanitary standards.  Students then received one-on-one coaching, and successfully performed all steps in the process.  The lunchtime lecture included a summary of regulations guiding commercial production, basic sanitation, and food safety. At day’s end everyone joined in learning packaging tips, and took a sample of their work home to enjoy.

With lessons learned from the first event, WSU-San Juan helped NABC bring the workshop to Friday Harbor. Using NABC’s rental equipment (providing a more affordable transport option), the team presented a second version of the workshop geared more to homestead flocks. Participants hailed from San Juan and Orcas Islands. There was a last-minute scramble when the original venue fell through, but a local firefighter came to the rescue, graciously offering his property and home. In gratitude, the homeowner was gifted one of the bagged pasture-raised chickens. The informal atmosphere created a low-stress learning environment for students new to butchering activities, and an easy pace.

Feedback from the two classes have been very positive. From the Whidbey Island class evaluations, “This is a perfect starting point. I now have enough knowledge to research further,” and “Great hands on workshop.”  The possibility of a second class in the San Juans is being explored for October.

Please contact Sera Hartman at the NABC office if you are interested in scheduling a poultry processing workshop in your area: or 360-336-3727.

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Marketing and Branding Workshops Added This Fall

This summer NABC’s Jeff Voltz presented two 3-hours marketing and branding workshops for students attending Whidbey Island’s Organic Farm School.
Topics covered included:
• Market Feasibility and Choosing Viable Market Channels
• Brand Development Marketing and Outreach
• Pricing Concepts-Understanding Business Costs, Gross Margin, and Establishing Sales Projections
• Marketing Plan Concepts
In case you missed these classes you have two additional chances to participate this fall. Jeff will be teaching a marketing track on October 5th and a business planning and access to capital track on October 18th.
Classes will be held at WSU San Juan County Extension (221 Weber Way, Friday Harbor, WA 98250) from 8:30AM to 5:00PM.
For more information, and to sign up, go to the links below:
Marketing track: October 5, 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Business Planning and Access To Capital track: October 18, 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Note: These workshops are free. San Juan County WSU Extension will provide coffee and tea. Participants will need to bring a brown bag lunch.

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Festival Of Farmers October 2017

NABC will be present at the Festival of Farmers being held at Viva Farms in Burlington, WA October 7 and 8th. The weekend will include a hands-on experience on what it takes to run a farm. The NABC’s Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU) will be available for a demonstration and tours. Miguel Martinez will be on site to answer any questions about processing chickens and other poultry. Come by and say “hi.”

Also Alex Perez will be there to answer any question about all programs NABC offers. If you have any questions feel free to contact Miguel Martinez at (360) 899-8265 or go to their website

Festival De Agricultores Octubre 2017 
Nos gustaría informarles que NABC va a estar presente en el Festival de los Agricultores que se llevará acabo en Viva Farms en Burlington WA, la Unidad Móvil Procesadora estará disponible durante el evento para demostraciónes y excursiónes de la unidad.
Miguel Martinez estará presente para contestar cualquier pregunta relacionada con el procesamiento de aves.

También estará Alex Perez para responder cualquier pregunta relacionada con todos los programas que NABC ofrece.

Si tiene alguna pregunta favor de comunicarse con Miguel Martinez, al teléfono (360) 899-8265 o visite la página web

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Bounty Week: A Celebration of Snoqualmie Valley-Grown Food

NABC is partnering in an effort calling all chefs to join the Bounty Week celebration! For the week of October 13-19, we are asking chefs to produce special dishes made from Snoqualmie Valley-grown ingredients. Bounty Week showcases both local farms and farmers as well as our local cafés, pubs, and eateries.

Bounty Week is brought to you by NABC and a coalition of local cities, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals working to promote the local farms. Distribution for Bounty Week is coordinated through the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative.

The Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative (SVFC) is an organization of more than 20 small, local farms working together to deliver fresh produce. Farmers run the show! Member farms initiated and built the co-op so that they could spend less time on logistics and more time growing food. In exchange, customers gets more diversity of food while supporting the entire, local food-shed, not just one farm. All member farms use responsible, and environmentally sound food production practices. The SVFC makes it possible for chefs to support and order from multiple farms, but with one delivery and one invoice. The ordering experience will be streamline and easy!
Please contact Hannah at to get a Bounty Week fresh-sheet and put in your order!
Contacts for Bounty Week:
Luke Woodward, NABC Project Manager

Hannah Cavendish-Palmer, SVFC Manager

Jennifer McKeown, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Snoqualmie Program Manager

For more information:


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Harborview Hospital Receives Farm Fresh Food

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle is offering a Farm Fresh Salad Kit to go in their cafeteria. And it has been an instant hit with their customers.The $6.50 bag offers a selection of organic veggies for the person on the go: to take back to their desk, to enjoy in the summer sunshine, or to take home. Harborview provides the courtesy salad dressing.

The idea was the brainchild of Harborview Chefs RJ Owen and Mike Prince, Registered Dietitian Ben Atkinson and Cloud Mountain Farming Center/Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative member Cheryl Thornton. Looking for more opportunities to expand their local selections in the cafeteria, they came upon this idea. The portability, affordable price and opportunity to eat/snack on organic local produce seemed worth a try. It compliments current HMC selections beyond their locally sourced special of the day and salad bar.
Future offerings may include specialty varieties of Cloud Mountain Farming Center peaches or apples in a Chef’s Fresh Bag.

“Part of the fun is teaching customers about new varieties as well as selections that are grown in Western Washington,” says Cheryl.

Chef Mike Prince embraces the opportunity to provide “local selections that are the best, most fresh for a given week. Foods that are at the peak of season”

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Whidbey Island Grown Week Begins September 29th

Whidbey Island Grown Week is a 10-day celebration of local products, services, and experiences. The events begin September 29 and conclude October 8, and will showcase all 50 Whidbey Island Grown members that will organize at least one idea, special offering, event or celebration. NABC has been an active sponsor and participant of this group since its founding in 2009.

This collaborative collection is being marketed together to increase their overall impact including promotions on Washington State Ferries.

Events planned include the new Whidbey Island Cider Festival, a honey bee class, local product specials, cooking classes, farm to table dinners and more. Check our website calendar for a complete list of events, experiences, shopping and tasting opportunities.

For more information, go to:

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NABC’s Starting Your Business Workshop – Oct. 24, 2017

There are many critical details involved in starting a business. This class is geared towards providing foundational information to help new farmers and food related businesses to answer key questions such as, “What is required to start a business? Where and how do I get a business license? What are my responsibilities and legal obligations as a business owner? How do I handle hiring and managing of staff, payroll, and taxes?  How do I handle keeping track of and recording sales, expenses, and profits?”

This class will provide a hand-out glossary of business terminology as well as a list of resources and contacts to help you start a new business – the right way.

Presenters include:
Jeff Voltz, Project Manager, NABC
Tuyen Manikhoth, Risk Management Specialist 3, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Walt Kulpa, Risk Consultation Services, WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Nancy Jordan, Director of Development & Public Relations, Lummi CDFI
Melissa Moeller, Owner, Misty Meadows Farm


NABC would like to thank our sponsors:

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Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program

2018 Request for Applications (RFA) Announcement

Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center)
Washington State University Extension

Serving Farmers and Ranchers Through Targeted Risk Management Education

Proposals are due by 5 PM, PST, Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center), in conjunction with the Northeast, North Central and Southern Center announce a funding opportunity for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies. The maximum amount of requested funding shall not exceed $50,000 for Education Projects and $2,000 for Exploratory Projects.

Application Information:  Go to the Western Center website and from the “Funding” dropdown menu, select “Apply for Funding”, or click on the Competitive Grants Program from the  Home page. The grants application process is fully explained in the Western Center’s 2018 Request for Applications (RFA).  All applications must be submitted online through the Results Verification System (RVS).  There are links to application resources on the Western Center’s Competitive Grants Program page as well as within the RVS system, to help guide you through the application process.

Eligibility: This announcement seeks applications from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs for agricultural producers and their families. All organizations serving agricultural producers, especially those serving the special emphasis audiences identified on page 3 of the RFA, are strongly encouraged to apply. The Western Center serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands.

An applicant webinar will be conducted on Thursday October 12th at 10:00AM PDT. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. Details will be posted on the Western Center’s website. Additionally, an email announcement will be sent prior to the meeting.

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to Jo Ann Warner, 509-477-2168, or Shannon Neibergs, 509-335-6360,

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A Few Spots Still Open in Upcoming CINA Cider Workshops – Register Today!

Space is still available in these three upcoming cider classes:

CINA Cider Foundation Class
October 9-13, 2017
WSU NW Research Center
Mt. Vernon, WA
Brianna Ewing, Instructor
Online registration:

CINA Cider Foundation Class
November 13-17, 2017
South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA
Andrew Byers, Instructor
Online registration:

CINA Cider & Perry Science & Production (Advanced class)
November 27-Dec 1, 2017
WSU NW Research Center
Mt. Vernon, WA
Peter Mitchell, Instructor
Online application:—Science-&-Practice

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NWIRC Angel Investment Fund Bootcamp Oct 21, 2017

The NW Innovation Center is hosting a bootcamp for applicants who might be interested in angel investing.  It is targeted to startups that are putting together their presentation materials or about ready to do that.  Details of the bootcamp are on

For more details also see: Press Release – NWIRC Angel Bootcamp 2017 Bootcamp 2017

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