Our 2017 farming season is shaping up! We have received the CFO Artisanal Chicken permit to allow us to increase our numbers of chickens raised this year, and so we are targeting 600-800 this year. Small hiccup though…
Being a small startup farm, we depend on an outside income to live and bankroll the farm. I work in a seniority-heavy environment, and have just received a promotion which, once training is complete, will bring me to the “bottom of the list”. So I’ve volunteered – and received – a deployment to Europe for 3 months this spring. This means I will not be able to start raising chickens until mid July, and they will not be ready til mid-September.
No matter, this gives us a bit of time to work on 2 changes compared to 2016:
- We’re planning to start doing business with another processing facility that offers vacuum-sealing of finished product.
- We’re also looking to start offering individual chicken cuts (breasts, thighs, legs, wings, etc)
While the farm takes a small hiatus, this is actually a great thing, because it will allow me to spend quality time with my family in Europe this spring (“happy wife is a happy life”, am I right?), and the promotion will also have a very nice pay increase which will help me improve the speed at which we add to the infrastructure of our farm in preparation for future transitions to full-time farming.
Look for more updates in the near future!