Young farmers’ plight: State regulations hinder sustainable chicken farm’s sales

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Ali Fratesi looks after one of the egg-laying chickens at Beaverdam farms as Dustin Pinion carries buckets of feed. The chickens are inside a moveable electric fencing, which allows the farmers to move the chickens along behind High Hopes Farm's grass-fed beef. The chickens scratch up cow manure in the pastures the cows have recently grazed, fertilizing the soil and eating the larvae.

Ali Fratesi looks after one of the egg-laying chickens at Beaverdam Fresh Farms as Dustin Pinion carries buckets of feed. The chickens are inside a moveable electric fencing, which allows the farmers to move the chickens along behind High Hopes Farm’s grass-fed beef. The chickens scratch up cow manure in the pastures the cows have recently grazed, fertilizing the soil and eating the larvae.

CEDAR BLUFF – Two Clay County farmers are changing the way people think about livestock farming and in the process, they hope, changing the state’s regulations for the way small farmers sell their meat. (more…)

The Many Benefits of Backyard Chickens

When Green America member Laura Gidney and her husband John were househunting in New York state, they knew their new home had to be in a neighborhood zoned for backyard chickens. The Gidney family now has ten adult chickens, with 20 newly hatched chicks this spring. They make their home in a comfortable coop with plenty of space to roam. Each morning, the Gidneys enjoy fresh eggs from their mini-flock. (more…)