Homestead Hog Harvest Class: Nov. 5-7, 2021 (Deposit)

$200.00

Welcome to this class on how to process a hog from field to freezer. This class is designed as an intense introduction for those who want to learn the old time arts of butchering and preserving pork in a low-tech method for home or restaurant use. Make your deposit today to hold your place in the class!

Charcuterie is the art and science of preserving meat. Pork is especially suited for this purpose. This is your chance to learn how to process a heritage hog from oink to ham with Mark Baker.

At this hands-on offering on our working farm, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • *How to feed and care for a hog for optimal charcuterie processing.
  • *How to slaughter a hog on-farm, including scalding and scraping.
  • *How to use seam butchery techniques to turn half a hog into usable pieces.
  • *How to utilize many of the organ meats.
  • *How to make your own lard and sausages.
  • *How to cure your own bacon, hams, and other cuts.
  • *Help make a working farm run by milking the cows, collecting eggs, and slopping the hogs.

This is only a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure your position in the class.  The balance is due at the class.

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Welcome to this class on how to process a hog from oink to ham. This class is designed as an intense introduction for those who want to learn the old time arts of butchering and preserving pork in a low-tech method for home or restaurant use. You will know how a pig is put together and how to make the basic cuts and products from your pig. You also get to spend a weekend immersed in farm life and can see for yourself how to raise homestead pigs.  Learn from an experienced farmer so you can save time and money on your own food growing or buying enterprise. Charcuterie is the art and science of preserving meat. Pork is especially suited for this purpose. This is your chance to learn how to process a heritage hog from oink to ham with Mark Baker. At this hands-on offering on our working farm, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • *How to feed and care for a hog for optimal charcuterie processing.
  • *How to slaughter a hog on-farm, including scalding and scraping.
  • *How to use seam butchery techniques to turn half a hog into usable pieces.
  • *How to utilize many of the organ meats.
  • *How to make your own lard and sausages.
  • *How to cure your own bacon, hams, and other cuts.
  • *Help make a working farm run by milking the cows, collecting eggs, and slopping the hogs.

” I expected the Hog Harvest to advance my skills with the technical aspects of butchering and to learn methods for preserving pork,  my expectations were met in those regards.  The technical aspects of the classes with both the hands on, and individualized instruction were well worth it.  Although I did gain knowledge at the Hog Harvest in the aforementioned areas, the biggest help that this experience provided was an unanticipated change in mindset.”   –Nathan

Where else can you learn real farming skills on a real working farm from people who are really doing the thing?  There are a lot of advantages to coming to a BGA Anyone Can Farm class besides building fences and raising chickens.  You get to see these skills in the context of a regenerative farm that really works and pick the brains of the people doing it.  No need to reinvent the wheel! Plus, we offer savings when you bring family members or are a military veteran.  Contact us if you want to sign up and would benefit from these savings. Make your deposit today!

Cost: Total cost is $500 and includes

  • one of a kind, hands on learning opportunities,
  • a whole farm experience,
  • noon meals on Saturday and Sunday and Saturday dinner with the Baker family
  • a sampling of many of the cuts as we go.
  • BONUS: You get to spend a weekend with Mark Baker on Baker’s Green Acres.  See how we raise our pigs, ask your questions, learn the ins and outs of what we do so you can save time, money, and effort! 

Young adults/teens between the ages of 14-18 are discounted when accompanied by a legal guardian or family member. Please e-mail bakersgreenacres@yahoo.com or call 231-825-0293 if you have questions. This is only a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure your position in the class.  The balance is due at the class.

” I will start by saying I’ve now harvested a half dozen pigs at my homestead, and have all gone pretty smooth. It’s been very helpful being able to refer to my notes and pictures taken during the course. I had some help from a chef on a couple pigs, and process sort of got away from what I learned at Baker Farm the outcome was not as desirable. I’m now mostly sticking to the Baker way.

I would recommend it because It’s very hands on and informative.” –Adam

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