In today’s industrial food system, chicken is raised by farmers who don’t own the birds, only the infrastructure used to raise them. Or at least they own the debt as the agro industrial poultry corporations require farmers to build facilities to their specifications on their own dime, carry the debt of hundred’s of thousands of dollars while the corporation has the right to cancel their grower’s contract with a thirty day written notice, leaving them with expensive empty buildings to pay for. The feed that is used is heavily made up of subsidized corn and soy grown in depleted soil propped up with synthetic petroleum nutrients and sprayed with herbicides all of which end up in the food chain. The subsidized grains mean that the taxpayer is footing the bill for these less than nutritionally valuable food products and the corporations are able to buy them for less than it costs to produce them. The finished birds are then rounded up and shipped to processing plants where underpaid workers are hired to process them. The parts are then shipped out to the domestic and global market. If all this wasn’t enough, the chicken is then often plumped up with saline injections to repair moisture and flavor compromises during growing and increase market weight.
The season is in full swing and we have more animals on the farm then we have ever had before. So many chicks, turkey poults, ducklings, and lambs its hard to keep count. We are also without help again and … Continue reading
All has been quiet on the blog front but on the farm things keep buzzing along. It’s winter so the grass isn’t growing, the hoop house is full of chickens so there are no veggies in sight but the laying … Continue reading
It’s Farmer Friday and Farmer Matt’s Birthday. This is a picture of Matt with our three year old Boden in the middle of our gigantic irrigation project that I am happy to say is officially finished. Farmer Matt inspires us everyday working hard, problem solving, and taking breaks to be goofy and change a dirty diaper when needed. There are many inspiring farmers out there working from sun up to sun down to bring us clean food that is good for our families and the planet. Please give Farmer Matt a shout out and tell us the name of your favorite farmer and what they are doing to create a healthier world.
We just reached two milestones, the first is our one year anniversary of moving onto our farm full time, right around summer solstice. The second, which felt like it might never happen, was setting up our very first farmers market … Continue reading
We have been working on putting field fencing up around the perimeter of the farm for over 9 months and we finally finished this week. I would say it’s time to celebrate but there are too many things to accomplish … Continue reading
I can’t hear those two words without the song getting stuck in my head and now the part “it’s like sunshine and rain” has a whole new meaning being a farmer. A good rain means growth and more forage for … Continue reading
A picture of Farmer Matt and our oldest son on our first visit to the farm. We were imagining all the animals we would have roaming around grazing on grass or taking a rest under the shade of this tree. Since then we have seen a great horned owl several times in these back pastures and now with much help from friends we are only about a week away from having the sheep onto these pastures for the first time.
What once was a vintage hay trailer has been turned into a mobile chicken tractor for our 150 Golden Sex Link laying hens. We liked the simplicity of our old chicken tractors ( City Chicken, Country Chicken) but we quickly … Continue reading