1. How long have you and your family been producing eggs in Colorado? How many generations?
We have been producing eggs in Colorado for 20 years. I am the first generation in my family to work in this industry.
2. Please tell us about the history of your farm.
I actually spent the first 20 years of my life as a CPA in California. In 1990 I decided I wanted to make a change and bought the farm. When I bought the property, it was a 15,000 sq/ft caged facility that housed 33,000 birds. After three years, we decided we wanted to transition to a cage free facility, and became the first farm in Colorado to do so.
3. What do you like most about farming/producing eggs in Colorado?
Farming in Colorado is a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of California. I enjoy the beautiful weather and having the chance to spend time working outdoors.
4. Why is the Colorado Egg Producers’ Animal Care Code of Conduct important to you? In other words, why is it important to provide the best care possible to your chickens?
Like many other farmers, I realize that the chickens are my livelihood. They, like my two horses Red and Foxy and my donkey Wally, are a part of our family and we do everything we can to make them feel at home. I frequently talk with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and update my practices to keep current on the new information that comes out.
6. What environmental best practices does your farm use? (A few highlights and/or unique practices or programs.)
As the first cage free farm in Colorado we had to start from scratch with our design and collection method. We ended up adopting the design of a Dutch company called Vencomatic. Their system allowed us to have a cage free facility that was just as efficient as a caged operation. Chickens naturally lay their eggs in a coop and a conveyer belt then transports them to our packaging building. The design also allows chickens to feed at any time through rubber nipples that are suspended from above. These systems make our entire process extremely efficient and help to reduce the amount of resources that are wasted.
7. How do you like your eggs? (Sunny- side up, over-easy, scrambled etc..)
Over medium with tomatoes!