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Fair Winds Farm and Post Oil Solutions Host Chicken & Sheep Raising Workshops

Launching their 4th year of co-sponsoring backyard animal raising workshops, Fair Winds Farm and Post Oil Solutions announce their first offerings of the 2010 season: two workshops on Saturday, May 8 at Fair Winds Farm on Upper Dummerston Road in Brattleboro.

The first is the very popular Backyard Chicken Raising Workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon; the second is Managing Backyard Sheep on Grass, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The fee for each workshop is a $10/$20 sliding scale with no one refused for lack of funds. However, we do require pre-registration and payment. Please call 877-886-7397 and leave a brief message with your name, phone number, and the workshop you're registering for. Someone will get back to you to complete the registration.

Please note: unregistered folks that show up at the gate on the day of the workshop will be admitted for $20, firm, and only if there is room. Attendance is limited.

Those who choose to attend both workshops are welcome to bring a bag lunch and eat at the farm.

As she has in the past, Bekah Bailey will lead these workshops. Along with her parents, Janet and Jay Bailey, Bekah runs Fair Winds, a diversified horse-powered farm that has been raising chickens since 1978.

The chicken workshop is geared toward those with little or no experience, and is intended to inspire and provide information for participants to start their own backyard flock.

In the second workshop, Bekah will provide an overview of the foundations of sheep raising. She will discuss different kinds of sheep, management considerations, handling basics, feed and nutrition, fence opitons, water needs, predators, and more.

Children are welcome, but, please, no more than two per adult, and they must be supervised at all times.

For further information, write info@post.com.

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