'Evisceration party' among Earth Center work shops Oct. 1

September 24, 2011

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center continues a 10-year tradition on Saturday, Oct. 1, with its tour of eco-friendly homes in Hood River.

In addition to the home tour, five workshops on topics including the First Annual Chicken Evisceration and Sausage Party, solar hot, bee-keeping and American Clay Application will take place between 9 a.m. and noon.

From the First Annual Chicken Evisceration and Sausage Party to solar hot water, below is a list of workshops available on Oct. 1, the day of the Green Living Tour.

Pre-registration for "Backyard Chickens: Beginning and maintaining an urban flock," and "The history and lifecycle of bees" is highly encouraged.

To register for a workshop, fill out a form online at www.cgec.org.

All other workshops are free with your $20 "family" admission to the Green Living Tour, which you can sign up for and pick up guidebooks at the following locations: Gorge Rebuild-it Center 995 Tucker Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sustain eco-interior + design 206 State St., Hood River, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Green Home Construction, 1824 Cascade Ave., Hood River, 9 a.m.-noon

For more information about the workshops contact Jonathan Graca at 541-490-3618.

Workshop details

Solar Hot Water

Location: Green Home Construction: 1824 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 9-10 a.m.

Green Home Construction and Apricus present a solar hot water workshop intended for homeowners, especially families, and those with high hot water demands. It will outline the benefits of solar hot water: increasing energy independence, reducing costs, etc. Incentives in Oregon can often cover 50 percent of the installation cost. Washington residents will have 30 percent of the system cost covered by the federal incentive.

American Clay Application

Location: Sustain eco-interiors + design: 206 State St., Hood River; 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Pick up your tour guide book and stay for a quick lesson on American Clay at Sustain Interiors. Learn how the product can positively impact the health of your home or business spaces, engage in a demonstration of application techniques, and take the opportunity for some hands-on practice of your own.

Chicken Evisceration and Sausage Party

Location: 3075 Eliot Drive, Hood River; noon to 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity to watch, learn and/or get involved in an A-Z process of slaughtering two small flocks of live chickens and processing the meat into sausage.

Learn several methods to process and pluck chickens including one of the first bicycle-powered chicken pluckers courtesy of Dan Casati of Trout Lake, Wash. Informal, organic, fun - this stop on the Green Living Tour will be more like stopping at your farmer friend Todd's (of Gorge Grown Food Network) to actively learn with him and a few friends than a formal class.

Backyard Chickens: Beginning and maintaining a small urban flock

Location: 1309 Montello Ave. (one block west of 13th), Hood River; 10 a.m.-noon

Taught by Hood River native Ben Zimmerman of Small i farm in Snowden, Wash., the workshop will cover the chicken side of things from chicks to slaughter, focused primarily on small flocks of three or fewer birds in the city. It will touch on breed selection and brooding chicks, nutritional needs, coop requirements for both egg hens and meat bird raising, seasonal considerations and a bit on long-term maintenance of a small flock.

Cost: $20

The History of Beekeeping & Lifecycle of the Bee

Location: 3675 Holly Drive, Hood River; 9 a.m.-noon

The History of Beekeeping & Lifecycle of the Bee will be taught by Melissa Elliot, of Melissa's Bees. Melissa's class will include three one-hour segments: The history of beekeeping and lifecycle of the bee; first year of beekeeping; and bee hives (Langstroth and top-bar), equipment and discussion.

Elliot has designed, built and maintained more than 4 million square feet (nearly 100 acres) of gardens in the Portland/Vancouver metro area and the Columbia River Gorge. She cares for the soil by utilizing organic methods and uses a diversity of plantings in otherwise stark landscapes to bring about beauty and harmony.

Cost: $25

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