Chicken Harvest, Rhonda Wiedenbeck

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A couple of my friends are part of, what I call, a Chicken Cooperative.  They call themselves the Blue Lake Farm Wives and Mens’ Auxilliary.  Lin recently asked (ok, after I repeatedly begged) if I would like to come to one of their harvest days.  Later I asked Rhonda if she would come in to the station so I could interview her about the arrangement, to listen click here.

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Shakefork Farm – Chickens

FullSizeRender(6)Melanie and Kevin Cunningham from Shakefork Farm CSA are know for producing grains in Humboldt County.  They recently began a new venture, raising “meat” chickens for sale to the public.  To hear about this new venture and to find out how they are raising these chickens listen to this interview


Happy chickens race forward every morning to be the first ones on the new grass

Chicken’s eye view of the tractor

Chickens have access to all the fresh grass and unsuspecting bugs with each move — along with ability to feed on organic feed at any time

Sarah Brunner — Mobile Poultry Processing Facility

Sarah Brunner and one of her flock

The Mobile Poultry Processing Facility (AKA The Abbitoirre, french for Slaughterhouse) is the result of years of hard work by Sarah Brunner, owner of Wild Chick Farm. 

The Abbatoir - Mobile Processing Facility

To listen to the interview with Sarah Brunner click here.  In the meantime, for more information about the MPPF, go to HumboldtPoultry.com or email the Humboldt Poultry Cooperative at info@humboldtpoultry.com

Sarah moving the Chicken Tractor

The Poultry Cooperative consists of several poultry and rabbit producers including Melanie and Kevin from Shakefork Farm; Ash and Dave from Buck and Daisy; and Sarah Brunner from Wild Chick Farm.

And don't forget the turkeys!

For those who are raising small flocks of chickens (processing 10-15 at a time) the Poultry Cooperative is working on a small scale processing structure that will be pulled by a small flatbed truck — stay tuned for more information on that project as it develops.

Humboldt Poultry Collaborative in the Abbattoir

Susan Ornelas — Farmer, Educator, Land Conservation Advocate