One of the most memorable highlights for attendees of the conference are the networking meals featuring heritage breed meats, heirloom vegetables, and local products. This is a terrific way to showcase your favorite breed or variety among the diverse group of foodies, farmers, scientists, and others who attend the conference and is a perfect opportunity for attendees to learn more about heritage breeds and heirloom seeds while providing a tasty addition to the conference menu.
The Livestock Conservancy is once again encouraging product contributors to send business cards and flyers that can be shared with attendees during the meals. Your name and contact information will also be included in the conference packets that all attendees receive at check-in, and listed here on the website - for up to 6 months after the conference! If you would like to contribute to the Conservancy’s conference success and promote your farm or ranch through a product donation, please email Angelique Thompson.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Leicester Longwool lamb donated by:
Snow Camp, NC
Welcome to Hidden Spring Farm! Here in the Piedmont of North Carolina we raise Leicester Longwools, the beautiful heritage breed of sheep. This endangered, dual-purpose breed grows the lustrous, long and curly wool prized by handspinners. Having learned to spin while living in New Zealand many years ago, I decided to add sheep to our farm in order to have my own supply of wool to spin, but I also wished to help in the preservation of endangered farm breeds. The rare Leicester (pronounced lester) Longwool, with it's gorgeous fleece, seemed the perfect choice of sheep and we became the first North Carolina breeders of registered Leicester Longwool sheep in 2004. Our current flock is descended from our original 3 ewes and we continue our goal of humanely raising healthy sheep with beautiful fleeces who conform to the breed standard.
Guinea Hog pork donated by:
In 2002, Deborah relocated her suburban Chicago family to 32 acres on a creek "in the middle of nowhere" where they began producing 100% of their meat, eggs and dairy products by raising heritage animals. Today they also sell meat, eggs, soap, and fiber products. She is the author of three books on sustainable living: Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life, and Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More. Deborah is also currently working for The Livestock Conservancy on the Milking Devon Initiative and the Shave 'em to Save 'em Challenge, set to launch in early 2019. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joyful Noise Home-N-Stead
American Guinea Hog and St Croix Hair Sheep ewe donated by:
Becky Mahoney grew up on a Texas dairy farm, learning early on to care for, appreciate, and love the farm animals, as well as how to butcher rabbits for the family table. In 2001, she convinced her city-raised husband to move their family out of the city and to some acreage, continuing the homeschooling of their four children in teaching them sustainable country living, feeding their family on home-grown goat milk products and the meat of their goats, rabbits, many different types of poultry, steers, and commercial style feeder hogs. She took her knowledge of processing rabbits and poultry and expanded that knowledge to small livestock, doing much of her own slaughter and butchery.
Over the years she became interested in heritage poultry and livestock and sought out the breeds that would fit best on their small 4-acre homestead.
Since 2014 she has been breeding registered St Croix Hair Sheep and American Guinea Hogs for both the family freezer and for quality breeding stock.
She rescued the rare lost line of guinea hogs known as Hesters and is the conservator of their genetics, working to disseminate them to other committed breeders of AGH.
She is a regular column contributor to the American Guinea Hog Association newsletter, Curley Tales, writing about home butchering and use of the whole hog. Her farm tagline, referring to the hogs and sheep, is "Joyful Noise Home-N-Stead, where superior meat choices really are black and white.”
American Milking Devon beef donated by:
Double M Farm products are grown locally and naturally. They use sustainable farming practices, and try to be good stewards of the gifts God has given them. They are committed to raising healthy and happy animals that thrive in their natural environments. Their farming model is grass based, meaning that they use grass and forages as their base feed source for all of their animals. You will not find GMO's, hormones, animal bi-products, or antibiotics in any of the meat that they sell to their customers.
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