We are excited to introduce the first agricultural programs this season with many more to come in the future. Tollgate Farm Park is uniquely suited to connect the community with food through farm-based experimental learning opportunities including vegetable farming and growing small livestock, u-pick opportunities for the public, youth programs and camps, workshops for adults and operating a farm stand. You may have noticed activity on the farm fields already, as we now have two farmers are operating on site: Frisky Girl Farm and Feral Woman Farm.
Home-grown chicken may very well be one of the most delicious delicacies available to the smallscale homesteader or farmer. Juicy, tender and full of flavor, once experienced, these birds make it difficult to go back to grocery store chicken. Join us on the farm for a day of exploring raising and processing poultry for the table. Together, we'll walk through all aspects of chicken production from start to finish; including brooding, housing, feeding, pasturing, dispatch, processing and packaging. This is the essential workshop for anyone interested in raising a backyard or small-scale production flock. Each student will receive two chickens to process under the guidance of our resident feral woman farmer and butcher.
Each student will take home two succulent pastured broiler chickens, which we'll process and package together during our class. In addition to learning the art of chicken butchering, we'll talk about brooders, chicken tractors and backyard husbandry. This class is geared towards the homesteader interested in small scale production, however we'll touch on production for sales in our talks as well.
Are you interested in raising rabbits to feed your family? Rabbits are a great place to start for anyone interested in exploring where their food comes from and learning basic self-sufficiency skills. This is a hands-on, experiential, learning adventure. Each student will receive two rabbits, which we'll process and package together during our class. This class is focused on learning the art of rabbit butchery, and geared toward the homesteader or small scale farmer.
Local professional shearer & sheep whisperer extraordinaire, Anthony Pierce, will be joining us on the farm to shear our flock of resident Shetlands. Watch as he walks us through the art and science of shearing a small flock. We'll talk about how to correctly position the sheep, different tools and techniques and answer all your questions about the process. Come to learn or come to watch, bring your kiddos for a fun afternoon on the farm! Kids under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Fleeces will be available for purchase fresh off the hoof.
Feral Woman Farm is a woman-owned, regenerative farm business coming into its 4th season of operation. With over 10 years experience in agriculture, butchery and food service, our farm-her, Lulu, manages the farm with the support of her growing young family, friends and community. We lovingly raise pork and chicken on pasture, with a focus on feeding high-quality, locally-milled feeds and creating beneficial relationships between our animals, our farming practices and the land. Our exceptionally flavorful and succulent meats are available as CSA style meat shares, direct to our customers.
In addition to raising our pastured meats, we're passionate about offering hands-on educational experiences to the community. Throughout the year, we will be hosting husbandry & butchery workshops, all geared towards the curious homesteader or new farmer. Our goal is to help empower others to build valuable self-sufficiency skills and create a broader network of local producers. We love engaging youth in agriculture and offering them opportunities to interact with the animals. We're excited to be joining the Tollgate Farm space where we'll be able to offer animals for public viewing in the new barn, and book private farm tours and birthday parties. Find us online at www.feralwomanfarm.com and follow us on Facebook!
Frisky Girl Farm is a 5-acre, woman owned/operated vegetable and flower farm in North Bend. We use sustainable growing practices to grow fresh, healthy food for our community. Farmers Ellen and Ashley along with a small but mighty team grow over 40 varieties of vegetables and 20 varieties of flowers for our 200 member CSA, restaurants, the North Bend Farmers Market and our roadside farm stand located at 9905 428th Ave SE in North Bend. Our farm stand is self-serve and open daily May-October. We believe in growing food that is good for people and the planet; we never use any synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers and practice organic techniques such as composting, crop rotation and cover cropping.
This season we are growing on an additional 3 acres at Tollgate farm where we plan to operate a U-pick sunflower patch and pumpkin patch. The sunflower patch will be open weekends mid-August through mid-September and the pumpkin patch will open in late September. Check out our website, www.friskygirlfarm.com or follow us on Instagram or Facebook for updates!