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September 20, 2016
Dan Bensonoff, Education Events Organizer, NOFA/MASS
Phone: 860-716-5122

Pig to Pork Chop: Hands-on Hog Processing and Butchering –

Local - Ware, MA - On Sunday, 2 October 2016, the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) co-hosts a seminar titled “Pig to Pork Chop: Hands-on Hog Processing and Butchering” with Jake Levin, “The Roving Butcher” at Frohloff Farm, part of the East Quabbin Land Trust.

Whether you’re seeking a closer connection to the meat you eat, deciding whether eating animals is right for you, or want to raise and process your own livestock, come learn from Jake Levin, also known as the “The Roving Butcher”, as he leads this whole hog processing workshop. Jake will demonstrate how to skillfully and humanely dispatch a pig, and will then lead the class in each step of the process, from bleeding, scalding, and evisceration, to breaking down the pig into various pork cuts. He will also share tips and tricks on how to use the odd bits and respectfully make best use of the entire animal.

There will also be an opportunity to tour historic Frohloff Farm, part of the East Quabbin Land Trust, which now hosts a variety of farms., including a 20 acre hog farm.

Jake Levin is a nose to tail butcher and founder of The Roving Butcher. Based in Western Massachusetts, their mission is to assist and educate farmers, chefs, and interested individuals in sourcing, processing, and utilizing locally-raised, pastured, whole animals. Services include on-site butchery, whole animal butchery classes, value-added product development, yield tests, and more.

Registration is available online at

This workshop has limited space. Pre-registration well ahead of time is highly recommended.

Limited scholarships are available for beginning farmers (those growing 10 or less years) who are active NOFA/Mass members. For more information contact Dan Bensonoff, education events organizer, at or 860-716-5122.
About NOFA/Mass: Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet. To become a member, make a donation, or sign up as a volunteer, please visit
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