"Pasture Bird Visit"
I spent this weekend with the @pasturebird team in Southern California and got to see how the largest pasture poultry grower in the country practices regenerative agriculture!
Currently, Pasture Bird (in conjunction with Primal Pasture) raise three breeds of broiler chicken: Freedom Rangers, Cornish X, and the exotic Silkie.
What impressed me most was the sheer scale of Pasture Bird's operation in such an arid environment. Irrigation in Southern California is a lifeline considering it doesn't rain for more than two weeks out of the year. To add Pasture Bird's farmland was once a potato farm that had been around for decades. While there the co-founder, Farmer Paul, should me around their field. They started with a field that had been managed under one of the worst agricultural practices for soil fertility, but they have been working to turn poor soil into rich fertility by raising chickens on pasture. The plan is the build-up of chicken manure on the ground will allow for native grasses to have nutrients to thrive. Farmer Paul mentioned how much he loved Bermuda Grass, which kind of made me laugh considering it's viewed as a weed grass, but he expressed how well it does in the dry California heat and its richness in protein. He wants the soil to build up enough to be able to support grazing animals like goats, sheep, and cattle.
Pasture Bird is still young and is not perfect, but their dedication, their ability to partner and lean on others for wisdom, and their love to educate consumers on how they can engage with their food are what make them stand out above the rest. They have been greatly blessed but they have also worked their butts off to not waste a single blessing. I can't wait to see how they continue to grow and nurture their soil and the communities they serve. Transparency and honesty are your ultimate weapon in this battle.
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