Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Muddy Fork Farm, in collaboration with the Ohio State University, will demonstrate a pastured poultry project using small moveable shelters and a novel feed ingredient. This project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research Extension Initiative (OREI) grant, and explored a whole farm approach to incorporating pasture-raised organic poultry and the cereal grain naked oats into a multi-year organic rotation. Two types of broiler chickens, commercial cross broilers and RedBros, were used in this project to compare growth and feed conversion ratios. The simple organic poultry diet based on naked oats and whole roasted soybeans will be discussed, as well as options and considerations for poultry in organic crop rotations. In addition to poultry, tour host Monica Bongue of Muddy Fork Farm grows certified organic produce which is marketed through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, at area farmers’ markets, and to local restaurants.
Directions: Muddy Fork Farm is located on the border of Wayne and Ashland counties, between Rte. 250 and Rte. 30A. From Rte. 250, take Township Rd. 35 and drive 2 miles to the farm, which will be on the left. From Rte. 30A, take N. Reedsburg Rd. 1.5 miles to the farm, which will be on the right. Look for the red and blue barn.
This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.
Muddy Fork Farm
2289 N. Reedsburg, Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /
Monica Bongue / (330) 465-1399 /