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.
Spring is here and that means we have chicken again! There is also lots of spring goodies that are only around for a very short time in the farmers markets like garlic scapes, flowering pea sprouts, just about anything flower … Continue reading
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
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
We knew it was going to be challenging to start a farm from the ground up while raising two, soon to be three, small children at the same time but it is more challenging then we could have ever imagined. … Continue reading
The sheep are coming in less than a week and Matthew has been working long hours making our fencing more secure for the sheep and putting in new fence posts and gates. The fencing will be an added security measure … Continue reading
We are starting out as farmers with only a small amount of experience and working with a large piece of land that has almost no infrastructure and very few trees. Working with this blank slate, both the land and ourselves, … Continue reading
We received a call at 5 am this morning that our chicks and turkey poulets had arrived at the post office. We knew they would be arriving in a small box and that they will have been without water or … Continue reading