Producing great local food through a collaborative effort between Westley Farm, Jackson's Folly Farm, and Friends of the Bryn Athyn Farm!

 

             This year I have become a board member of a new group of dedicated farmers and educators called Friends of the Bryn Athyn Farm or FOTF, for short. FOTF is a non profit organization dedicated to the formation of an educational farm.  To learn more about FOTF check out our website here

 

             I have found a source of certified GMO-free feed, and I am using a new ration that will help keep the chickens healthier than ever.  Of course, the chlorophyll they get from eating grass acts as a natural purifier for them. Sunshine, room to move, and all the other natural chicken food they obtain on the field also helps keep them healthy. My chickens are treated humanely and allowed to do what chickens do naturally while being kept safe from predation. See the website for more details on how my chickens are raised. This season all chicken will come vacuum packed to help preserve freshness. So clear some space in your freezer!

 

             Jon Caldwell is joining the fun of raising chickens and will be working along side me all season.  It is so nice to have a young man with enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for producing and preparing healthy clean food.

 

As was the case last season, we will be integrating sheep into the farming ecosystem.  The sheep are from Jackson's Folly Farm.  Grazers (sheep, in this case) integrate symbiotically with poultry. Grazers eat the grass down providing an open space for the chickens to forage.  Also, the low grass helps the nitrogen and other nutrients produced by the chickens to quickly enter the soil instead of being trapped on top of ‘flattened’ grass. The tender shoots that come back after sheep graze are perfect for chicken consumption. In turn, nitrogen and nutrients produced by the chickens stimulate rich green grass growth that feeds the sheep. Chickens also provide cleanup duty for intestinal parasites that are a common problem for ruminant animals in the mid-Atlantic.  By having the chickens follow behind the sheep, parasites are consumed in their larval stage.  In addition to providing food for the local community, the chickens and sheep will perform the services of further enriching the soil in a symbiotic relationship.

 

Similar to last season, Greg Jackson (of Jackson's Folly Farm fame) and I are collaborating to pasture raise turkeys for Thanksgiving. The cost for turkeys will be $4.50 per pound.  Turkeys can be pre-ordered by clicking on the 'order form' link at the top of the page.

 

If you are intersted in helping out or just learning more about what we do, feel free to shoot me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Picture of A new chicken shelter. Ready for the chickens after the sheep have eaten down the grass

 chickens and sheep