A co-op: An autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit.
I attended an organizational meeting of a new local food coop getting set up in our area.
It got my wheels turning (again)
Why not start my own mini farm-coop?
First project : raise free range chickens
I floated the idea on face-book a couple of weeks ago.
I have been thinking I would like to raise (20) to (25) free range chickens this Summer and wondered out loud if anyone else in our area would be interested in going into partnership with us.
I had (4) families jump @ the opportunity…..
All were young families with children living inside city limits so it was not something they could do on their own, even if they wanted to.
We live on 4 and 1/2 acres so there is lots of room to experiment.
It is just about as easy to take care of 100 as it is 25.
The chickens will arrive April 12
We will let them mature into sometime late August..and when they are ready, we’ll have an old fashioned “chicken butchering party” …just like your grandpa used to do.
We will share the costs equally and all pitch in on butchering day.
One of the young mothers had obviously been thinking about this for a while….
I’m guessing she’ s been looking forward to the day when they had a place of their own in the country.
She asked if I would consider getting some Heritage breeds, and using Organic feed to supplement their free range foraging.
(Chickens only get 3% of their caloric intake from foraging so you have to supplement their diet with something)
“Why not?” I said.
We ended up picking (3) different breeds…
I can’t wait to take pictures as they mature!!!!
(the pictures below are some I found on the Internet so I would know what they will look like)
Silver laced Wynadotte
Rhode Island Red
It’s too late this time around to be a part of this adventure, but let me know if you’d like to be a part of something like this next year.
Even if you’re coming from a distance, (I live in Iowa) there’s nothing to say you couldn’t schedule a trip here the weekend we butcher.
Please don’t leave any nasty comments on how cruel I am, etc. etc. etc….
I’ll just delete them.
I do believe I will answer for how I treat the animals in my care….
and I also believe there is a reason my teeth are designed to eat meat as well as vegetables.
Well, it’s been a long day.
I filled (7) raised garden beds full of dirt, planted (5) apple trees, (450) hills of russet potatoes
….and a 400 sq foot patch of grain.
I’m beat. g-nite. DM
Row of seed potatoes before they were covered up
Wheel barrow full of seed potatoes