Frank Reese, of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch in Kansas, is leading a one-day Heritage Breeds Poultry Workshop on July 13 through the School of the New American Farmstead, Sterling College’s continuing education program. Reese, a fourth-generation farmer and master of the long lost art of poultry breeding, is prominently featured in the newly released film “Eating Animals,” a documentary based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman.

“We are happy to host Frank at Sterling College for his only Northeast workshop this summer,” said Heather Jerrett, Dean of Continuing Education. “This is a must attend for anyone who cares about the future of heritage breeds– chefs, butchers, farmers, breeders, advocates–and the work that needs to be done.”

Reese focuses on heritage breeds that produce nutrient-dense meat and eggs. In this workshop he will explore the history of poultry, showcase why heritage breeds are an important source of genetics, discuss the importance of independent breeders, cover flock management and discuss how to educate the consumer on the importance of maintaining heritage breeds for nutrition and genetics. The Sterling Farm is raising a sample of Frank’s heritage/”standard” breed chickens alongside the modern Red Ranger breed and Cornish Cross hybrids. Trial information will be on hand for participants.

The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) is Sterling College’s continuing education program, which presents agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs and craftspeople ways to hone valuable skills while adhering to the College’s principles of environmental stewardship and experiential learning.

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