One of my "jobs" as a stay at home mom is to produce as much of our own food as we can on our farm. Each year we raise around 35 meat birds and butcher them in the fall. Not only does it taste better, but it's so much healthier than the chicken that is fed with antibiotics, medicated feeds, or raised in inhumane conditions.
This year we ended up butchering much later than usual, so the kids and I were out in the barn with the Nipko heater on us to keep our hands warm. Everyone helps out, which makes our kids more appreciative of their meals and where food comes from. We've also managed to incorporate alot of anatomy lessons into it as well :-) Any excuse to work it into homeschooling, right?