NestFresh Family Farms
NestFresh has a network of small family farms throughout the country. This system has countless benefits for farmers, communities, the environment, and egg-lovers like you! We help small farms compete against bigger companies on a national level by creating a co-op system. Small family-owned farms also provide numerous jobs within the community, support local business, and have less of an environmental impact than large farms. But, you benefit the most! Because our farms are regionalized, you get the freshest and most local eggs possible.
Q & A With a Farmer
Being a farmer is a job unlike any other, so we asked Dave, one of our best farmers, to tell us a little about life on an egg ranch.
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Interview with Farmer Dave Turunjian
|Q: How long have you been an egg farmer?|| |
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|Q: What is a typical day like on the ranch?|| |
||A day on the farm starts with making rounds through the barns to do the first checks of the day. These rounds include checking to make sure the feeders are properly working throughout the house. The water lines are also checked to make sure that water is clean and flowing throughout the house so that all chickens have access to water. During this walk through, I check the general condition of the chickens to make sure they are all healthy. Once I make sure the chickens are moving around with plenty of food and water, I continue to check all of the equipment inside and outside the barn to make sure everything is operating properly. We collect the eggs two times a day and do the rounds twice as well. The rest of the day is spent performing maintenance on the facility and doing a lot of clean up.
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|Q: Why are cage free eggs important?|| |
||Cage Free is important because the chickens are able to live as close to a natural lifestyle as possible. The chickens have “elbow” room and are able to interact socially with each other. The chickens are able to get away from more aggressive birds with plenty of room to run. The chickens have plenty of roost and dusting baths, and are able to lay their eggs in nests.
Raising my chickens in a cage free environment gives them a better quality of life than being packed in cages without perches, dusting baths and space to escape aggressive chickens.
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|Q: What do you think is the most important part of your job?
The most important part of my job is the satisfaction of knowing I am involved in food production. Only 1.5% of the population is involved in food production and I am proud that I am part of that. American farmers produce some of the safest food in the world. I feel good about producing healthy, good, quality food.
|Q: What is your favorite part about working on a farm?|
||My favorite part about working on the farm is the passion that I have for taking care of animals. I am able to take care of the chickens while they live a good quality life. With such a small percentage of the population involved in food production, I am able to maintain a family farm. |
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