I bet most people don’t know that farmers, in particular organically minded farmers, spend an inordinate amount of time studying and researching how best to maintain the integrity and purity of everything on their farm. It is true. We spend (or I should say Steve spends) tireless amounts of time in front of his computer or on the phone in his quest to live that ideal.
It took months of research and then weeks of searching to find our new feed for our laying and meat chickens. We can proudly state that Happy Earth Farm is now serving completely organic feed to our birds. Trust me, it was no small feat.
Up until now, we have been feeding all of our birds the highest quality Fertrell mix. (Fertrell is the leader in all things pure and natural, from fertilizers to animal feed). The only problem is that Fertrell uses soy in their feed and finding organic, non-GMO soy is virtually impossible. Don’t get me wrong, Fertrell is a wonderful company and their products are top notch, but they cannot be called organic because Monsanto controls almost all soy seeds and they have been genetically modified. In case you don’t understand what that means, I will clarify. GMO seeds are designed to be resistant to nasty chemicals like Round Up and other pesticides. That means the plants will grow even when a farmer sprays the shit out of them with cancer causing chemicals. Sounds yummy to me! So we have been forced to go another direction.
Do you realize how difficult it is to find a company that offers completely organic feed!? The closest mill was Countryside Organics in Virginia and they only sell in bulk…..and I mean bulk! So last Friday Steve stood in the middle of the road as he directed the enormous 18-wheeler down our little, narrow dirt driveway. On board was our very precious, very expensive 2,450 pounds of chicken feed. So precious that I thought a Brinks truck would have been more appropriate. Trust me, as we transferred the feed to our bins, not a grain was spilled!
So this Monday finds me in awe of organic feed. It is beautiful. It resembles a wholesome cereal that should be served at the kitchen table. Honestly, I was tempted to grab a bowl, spoon and some milk, but I can’t afford it.