Rabbit Renaissance Homesteading Rabbit Workshop-Saturday September 27th, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Tentatively Scheduled for Saturday September 27th, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What: Participate in most phases of rabbit ranching in your backyard, including feeding, housing, growing, skinning, and butchering rabbits for food and fur.
Financial requirements: $50 nonrefundable deposit per participant/family payable by check/cash to Darlene Nixon by September 14, 2014. Tuition for each person/family is $130.00 (less the deposit) if paid by September 20th, 2014. $50 will buy you a processed rabbit and finished pelt. If you cannot make the workshop after the deposit is paid, you can make arrangements to pick up your meat and pelt any time afterward. If you want more than one rabbit for the workshop you may pay an additional $10 for the deposit for each rabbit you would like. After September 20th, participants may register by paying the entire tuition of $150.00, including their deposit for a rabbit and a pelt, if room is available.
Where: Morning session at Chiron Therapeutics 1800 Plaza Dr. Louisville, CO 80027
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Afternoon session at AWholesomeHomestead.com 1321 Kilkenny St. Boulder, CO 80303
12:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Morning session 9:00 a.m. Meet at Chiron Therapeutics for rabbit harvest session.
9-11:30 a.m. Slaughtering, Skinning, and Butchering rabbits. All materials and equipment provided. In this session we I will demonstrate dispatching a rabbit with a Rabbit Wringer and Deluxe Butchering Station. Each person will have a turn using this equipment to decapitate, hang, skin, and clean their rabbit. Then we will move on to ways to break down the meat, preserve edible organs, and prep the pelts for curing. I will have pelts on the site that are in various stages of curing, including mixing up a batch of pickle for demonstration.  Everyone will have an opportunity to participate in each stage of the pelt preservation process. I will have vacuum sealer bags and equipment to vacuum seal those meat/organs and the fresh pelts for taking home to process.
Lunch and transportation to the afternoon site in Shannon Estates neighborhood: 12:08.5 weeks0 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If people want to come to eat at the site, I will take $10/person to eat rabbit stew and fresh veggies from my garden. Please bring your own beverage and place setting—a no waste event—plate/bowl, utensils and drinking vessel.

Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. Meet at AWholesomeHomestead.com for rabbit care, housing, feeding, breeding and treating for illness/injury.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Tour the rabbitry, while observing the different breeds, ages of litters, feeds used to help pregnant and nursing does, litters under one month of age, non-breeding rabbits, breeding bucks and dealing with the midday heat and sunlight. Watering, foraging and sources for organic feed will also be discussed.
1:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m. grooming, and caring for rabbit health/happiness. Water! Chewing! Exercise! Hygeine! Play! Predators, pests and property. Making homemade rabbit chew toys. Discussion of non-residue supplements, herbs, and homeopathic medicines.
3:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breaking dried pelts and conditioning them. Discussing recipes and uses of rabbit pelts.DSCN2103
When the deposit is received, I will mail out a waiver of liability to be signed and returned by each participant before or at the time of the workshop. Each participant in the butchering and pelt processing will have to bring safety equipment: Goggles, rubber gloves, work aprons, long sleeved tops, leather work gloves, closed toe leather shoes, and full length pants. Fingernails must be clipped short, and long hair restrained.

From a participant in the September workshop: “Thank you for a great Rabbit Workshop, we learned

many new tips and procedures about rabbits.  I thought
that this all day class was most complete from A to Z,
including butchering, tanning pelts, cooking ideas,
and daily maintenance. Thanks again,  Rodney C.”



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  2. Great

  3. I’ve eaten rabbit ever since I was a little girl and Darlene’s rabbits are by far the best tasting and most tender I’ve ever had.

  4. My son and I attended the Rabbit Renaissance this Saturday. It was very informative and a delight. We are looking forward to putting our new found knowledge into action. Well worth the cost and time. Lunch was great! Homegrown greens and veggies and rabbit. Delicious!

  5. Great workshop!!!

    If you are looking for learning about raising and breeding rabbits or if you want just improve your already existing skills and knowledge, this is the workshop to attend. It covers it all including discussing various breeds, proper housing, feeding schedule, rabbit health and care, and breeding. The workshop also focuses on how to harvest and process your rabbit with step by step detailed instructions and guides you through the actual process of slaughtering, skinning & butchering the rabbit, and processing the pelt.

    Highly recommended! I learned a lot, gained knowledge in new areas, and got all my questions answered at a professional level. It was a very educational workshop with a friendly pleasant atmosphere.

    Thank you, Darlene, for being a wonderful instructor!!!

  6. Thanks Martina, it certainly was a joy having you a part of this event. Let me know if you want to use my facilities when you want to harvest your herd.

  7. My husband and I attended Darlene’s Rabbit Workshop last month and are so thankful for the knowledge Darlene shared. Her compassion and caring for her rabbits was fully shown throughout the day, from the beginning of the class, when, after thankfulness prayers, the rabbit gave its life to give food for us, to the end of the day, where Darlene showed the humane and loving care she gives to her rabbits.

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