Friday, March 18, 2011

2011 Poultry CSA

I'm taking the plunge and starting a Chicken and eggs CSA for this year. I'll be opening it up to 10 customer/families this year. Starting off small isn't a bad thing sometimes.
In the CSA membership package, each customer/family will receive 4 whole oven-ready chickens, a month from June into November, as well as 1 dozen eggs per week for 21 weeks.
I am finalizing the price with Wendy this weekend, but it looks to be somewhere between $342 and $400 dollars. We are finalizing the per pound price which is the reason for the difference.

I'll be updating this post sometime in the upcoming week with the final price.
We received the first installment of broiler chicks this morning and they are growing nicely in the brooder, and our resident hens are producing 18 to 20 eggs a day, and we haven't hit the heavy producing season for them yet.
I'm excited about the prospect of our fledgling CSA, and look forward to adding to it delicious things like Vegetables, pork, honey, and herbs.
If you are interesting in learning more about our poultry CSA, drop us a comment or email and we'll get you all the information on its way to you.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Expansion questions

I'm in the process of working up a egg / poultry CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for this spring and summer. It's one of those things that should have already been done. And yet, here I am still working on it. Shoot I don't even have the paperwork finished yet for it. Little things like, order forms, and brochures, etc.

It by no means would be on a grand scale this year, but I was thinking about starting it with about 10 customers. The program would be a dozen eggs a week and around 6 whole chickens over the course of a 12 week period. It would initially be set up as a scheduled farm pick up.

My biggest problem is the pricing, and what to charge. Living in a rural area that is economically depressed, I have to think long and hard about this. I read site after site that charges twice of not more than what I currently charge. Don't get me wrong here, I'm not one to over price, or buying over priced items, but I have a family and farm to support. I know I need to move into the markets around larger towns, but they are a minimum of 30 to 50 miles away, and the price of gas isn't going to go down anytime soon. I guess I couple charge a percentage of the purchase price to deliver to a drop off point there.

Can you help me?? If you were to buy your eggs and poultry directly from the farmer, what you you want to get? How much at a time? how often? What would you feel good about paying for it?
It's a lot to think about and work through for someone who has never done this sort of thing before.
Any and all thoughts will be helpful as I look to diversifying our small farm here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Additions to the farm

We've got some new additions coming to the farm this spring, and I wanted to introduce them to you.

First off, we have.....

American Guinea Hogs

The American Guinea Hogs are a critically rare breed of pig that is unique to North America. The original stock for the breed came from West Africa, and over the last 200-300 years developed through adaptation and crossbreeding with Appalachian English pigs to create an American original. They were commonly found on homesteads in the southeastern US.

We have 5 of these beautiful little hogs coming to live with us. We will be starting a breeding program with them to not only do our part to grow their numbers but also provide outstanding tasting pork for our customers.

At the end of May, we will be receiving our

That's right Honey bees. We are starting with one hive this spring. These little beauties will go a long way in helping with pollination in the growing beds and orchard. We will be expanding into more hives next year, so we can produce honey for sale, along with beeswax for our candles, soap, etc.

We are going to be raising broiler chickens again this year. We are starting off with 50 Freedom Ranger chickens for our broiler birds this year. I am expecting to grow out 4 batches for sale this year.

As you can see, we've got a busy spring ahead of us.