more about the farm

while playing ‘angry birds’ (a free game i downloaded on my iphone) i was getting frustrated not getting past the level i was working on. i decided that i could be doing something more productive so i thought i’d blog while i had the chance. geoffrey and his best buddy, chet, who is visiting, are watching a some buck show. i’m not so interested in it.

so..’the barry farm’. we needed a name for our little egg farm and geoffrey thought on it. this is really his baby and his dream so i felt he should pick. he is usually better about those kinds of things. his jewish doctor friend who he talked about chickens and eggs with for hours got him hooked up with his rabbi. they are both called barry! without the two of them and their passion to help us get this egg farm in production, well…who knows how long it might have taken to actually make it happen. the rabbi hooked geoffrey up with a woman at the jewish community center in houston who heads up the organization of a CSA (community supported agriculture) that delivers fresh, local produce 40 weeks out of the year. back about 2 years ago we belonged to a CSA. the same CSA that provides the produce for the jewish community center. see? even in houston it’s a small world!

for those of you who don’t know what a CSA is check out this link for an explanation.

so, back awhile ago geoffrey and the rabbi went to speak with the lady at the jewish community center about us providing eggs for her CSA customers. she was very excited! many of her customer ask for protein. kosher jews had a hard time finding protein. the only requirement for eggs to be kosher is that a rooster not be present. no problem there – we can handle that.

well, finally, today is the day that both the rabbi and jennifer (the lady at the jewish community center) sent out emails to their contacts asking who wants to sign up and receive eggs on a weekly basis. they will pay an upfront fee which will be used for us to purchase the chickens (which should be ready to lay eggs in a month or so), build shelters, feeders, waters, food…etc. its a great way where the customer and the farmer help each other get the farm going. the customer’s fee pays for their chickens and all that they need to keep them alive and producing the eggs we all want. we raise the chickens for them and deliver the eggs every week.

in order for this to happen we need to get a commitment of 40 shares (the minimum). 80 shares will be our max. 1 share gets 2 dozen eggs delivered each week. when they pick up their produce, they pick up their eggs!

sooooo…we’ll see how many people sign up!

oh, and we have a ‘meet the farmer’ scheduled at the land on 12/24. yes, on christmas eve.  geoffrey’s sister is getting married next week (on tues) and between that and geoffrey’s work schedule, it is the best day seeing he is off.

i’ll keep you posted as things continue to develop!

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3 Comments

  1. Rosie said,

    December 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Fantastic news!!! I am so excited about this. Tell me more about it, I would be interested in getting eggs from ‘The Barry Farm’

  2. Tammy McLeod said,

    December 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

    This sounds so interesting. It also sounds like a lot of eggs! How many hens do you have to have to produce 2 dozen eggs for 40 people every week? I have no idea how productive hens are but that sounds like a lot.

    • December 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      tammy, glad you found my blog!

      well, my husband did all the calculations. we will be getting rhode island red chickens and they are a good egg producing chicken. they about an egg a day. there cycle is pretty consistent…they do miss a day like every 10 days or so. we were a little conservative in our calculations about how many chicken we’d need to support 40 shares getting 2 doz eggs a week and think the magic number is 200 chickens. they do go through a molting stage where their egg production goes way down hence, the reason we aren’t promising egg delivery 52 weeks out of the year.

      we currently have chickens in our suburban backyard and they eggs daily just like clockwork!


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