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Upcoming Event: Traditional Animal Processing Workshop

Desert DAWN’s Animal Processing Workshop at Bean Tree Farms teaches participants traditional butchering and processing techniques.

January 19, 2016

Upcoming Events

What: Desert DAWN’s Traditional Animal Processing Workshop
When: February 6 and 7, 2016, 8:00am-5:00pm
Where: Bean Tree Farm (north of Tucson)

Desert DAWN’s Traditional Animal Processing Workshops provide students with the opportunity to learn to slaughter, skin, eviscerate, butcher and cook a medium sized animal (sheep or goat) in a traditional way, using little more than one’s knife. The methods taught are what one would use to provide meat for a family, similar to methods used on a small farm or while hunting.

Instructors Jeff and Ana Sanders will teach participants how to identify the parts of the animal and learn how to process the muscles, sinews, tendons, intestines and organs, as well as share some ways to cook the edible parts. Students will prepare lunch from what the animal provides, and local in-season desert foods will accompany the meal. Additional processing will include preparing the hide, bones and hooves to be made into usable tools, clothing, musical instruments or adornments. Examples of projects students can choose to work on will be on hand: tools, sinew and intestine cordage, hoof rattles, hide glue and more.

An optional third day is available for those interested in finishing processing of the hide and making additional utility items. Attendees of previous Animal Processing workshops with Jeff and Ana are welcome to register for the third day.

Registration for the workshop is $250, and workshop attendance is limited to twelve participants. To register for a workshop and secure your place, email For more information about animal processing workshops visit Bean Tree Farm’s website and Desert DAWN’s website.

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