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Traditional Animal Processing Workshop

Learn how to butcher a medium-sized animal at this two day workshop.

January 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
When: Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Bean Tree Farm
Cost: $250

At Desert DAWN’s Traditional Animal Processing Workshop, you’ll learn how to slaughter your animal… and eat it too!

Too often enough,  “the meat component of homegrown food is often intimidating, not only because animal husbandry seems more complex than growing a garden but also because slaughtering and butchering an animal is more physically and emotionally challenging than picking a red-ripe tomato from the vine …” (Sanders, 2014). This workshop is intended to introduce students to the traditional methods of animal processing, including learning to identify the parts of an animal and process muscles, sinews, tendons, intestines, and organs.

During this weekend workshop, students will also have the opportunity to learn how to slaughter, skin, eviscerate, butcher, and cook a medium sized animal (sheep or goat) using similar methods to those used on a small farm or while hunting. In traditional fashion, students will prepare lunch from the butchered meat, which will be accompanied by local desert foods.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please email

And while we’re on the topic of animal processing, I highly suggest reading this short article written by Jeff Sanders featured in our September/October 2014 issue.


If this workshop interests you, check out the upcoming Desert Harvest Series and the Homestead Series at Bean Tree Farm, Mercado San Agustin and more.



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