Posted Date: 09/20/2018
Greenbrier High School’s Food Safety and Nutrition classes visited Rabbit Ridge Farms Wednesday, September 19th. Rabbit Ridge Farms, located to the west of Damascus, "raises their animals sustainably and humanely which results in the most delicious, healthy protein you can feel good about feeding your family." Owners, Alan and Angela Mahan, hosted our group of over 40 students, as well as educated and fed them farm-raised beef and poultry.
The Mahans emphasized many standards that have been and are being taught in the classroom. They analyzed and demonstrated the 4 steps of food safety (clean, separate, cook, chill) and the farm-to-table process. In addition, Mrs. Mahan discussed pasture, farm-raised poulty, pork and beef versus commercialized poultry, pork and beef. She concluded the visit with a question and answer session. Several students asked questions that applied to their daily life, such as "Do your meats contain GMO's?" and "What is the difference between organic and pasture-raised meats?" The group was treated to a lunch of Rabbit Ridge Farm's raised hamburgers and chicken. It was such an amazing experience that we are already looking forward to another visit next year!