So without further ado... here are the farmers and homesteaders who form Rent The Chicken!
Marana, Arizona - Homestead Greg and Linda and their family (pictured here with Homestead Jenn of Pennsylvania) serve the greater Tucson, Arizona area. Homestead Linda and Homestead Greg moved to Arizona in the summer of 2013 with their 3 children. They've always been interested in bringing their food sources closer to their dinner table through some level of farming. Gardening and keeping livestock have been a part of their family for many years. Both fun and rewarding endeavors, they joined the Rent The Chicken Family to help spread this idea. They love hearing stories from people about how they discovered these same principals!
San Martin, CA - Homestead Cecilia and David with their family are serving The Bay Area. The Sternzon Family Farm started several years ago with just six backyard hens in a busy suburb of San Jose, CA. Along with their young daughter, they collected eggs and maintained a thriving family garden, following the trend of Urban Farming. After “accidentally” adopting a young rooster chick that had been dumped at a local shelter, they realized that they were going to need more space. In July of 2015, the family moved to San Martin, California, where they could more easily keep Princess the Rooster (as they had named him) as well as the chickens, rabbits, turtles, cats and dogs that they already had, most of which were adopted from local shelters and rescue groups. Very involved in pet rescue, they most love that Rent the Chicken will help keep unwanted chickens from ending up in the local shelters. They have also become involved in chicken rescue, with several adopted hens added to their own flock.
Fort Collins, Colorado - Skirt In The Dirt Co-op, LLC is an up and coming collective out of Fort Collins, CO looking to cultivate, inspire, and participate in the urban farming initiative. The Co-op is operated by Homestead Callie and Homestead Melissa. Callie grew up on a farm in Kansas and moved to Colorado in 2008 to explore the wild west. Melissa grew up in Evergreen, CO, moved to Fort Collins, CO to attend CSU and fell in love with the area. Skirt In The Dirt’s current focus is on Rent The Chicken. As they grow, they have plans of being a part of Fort Collins’ vibrant sustainability movement by building, promoting, and encouraging all facets of urban farming in the Fort Collins community.
Jacksonville, Florida - Homestead Mike & Betty with their family are serving Jacksonville and surrounding areas. (More details to come!)
Laurel Hill, Florida – Hello from Homestead Al and Susan who serve the Greater Pensacola Area! They recently retired to their 10 acre hobby farm in NW Florida. Since then, more than they ever imagined, they have more satisfaction from keeping laying hens and growing their own food. Their French Copper Marans provide them with dark brown eggs that are the richest and most flavorful they've ever eaten! They never thought that keeping chickens, collecting fresh eggs, and watching their chicks hatch would be so much fun. Their friends and family love the eggs given to them and their granddaughter would feed the chickens all day if we let her! Rent The Chicken gives them the opportunity to meet new people and share their chicken hobby with others.
Sarasota, Florida - The Beaucoop Homestead is serving Sarasota, Florida and surrounding areas. (More details to come!)
Moreland, Georgia - Homestead Carl and Akia with their family are serving Moreland and the Greater Atlanta Area. They moved their family to Georgia in 2010 to get out the city and live the “country” lifestyle which was a huge change. While growing in their knowledge and skills of living off the land and becoming self-sustainable, they've ventured with horses, goats, cows, various farm fowls, gardening, canning, and raising chickens. Now they are a part of the Rent The Chicken Family! With the skyrocketing prices of food today, knowing how to grow food and raise animals are vital skills that have been lost to many. If you have a desire to learn ways you can become self-sufficient and how to raise your own animals, a good place to start is with chickens! Homestead Carl and Akia want to give others the opportunity to have their own chickens with the benefit of knowing where their food is coming from and the awesome goodness of having farm fresh eggs at home as they do each day! They look forward to meeting you and sharing their chickens with your family so call today!
Garrett, Indiana - Homestead Randy and Charlene are serving Fort Wayne, Indiana and surrounding areas. (More details to come!)
Indianapolis, Indiana - Homestead Monica & Randy are serving the Greater Indianapolis Area and beyond. (More details to come!)
Hagerstown & Frederick, Maryland; Greater Baltimore & Washington, DC Areas; Chambersburg, Shippensburg, & Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Martinsburg, WV; and Winchester, WV. Homestead Zeke and Lesley operate Hen of the Woods homestead in Hagerstown, MD. Here they raise their two sons and lead a life as sustainable as possible while trying to reduce their ecological footprint on the earth. Both were raised in rural Western PA with families that valued home grown foods. On their homestead, they raise and process pastured chickens and turkeys for egg and meat production, as well as Nigerian dwarf goats for milk production. You will find them tending their garden, fruit trees, and berry bushes in order to preserve their harvest by drying, canning, and freezing goodies for their family to enjoy throughout the year. They appreciate harvesting wild edibles, fish, and game throughout the seasons, as well. Knowing the high volume of processed foods that are consumed by people on a daily basis and the disconnect within the current food system, they realized that Rent The Chicken was a chance for them to share their education and passion for sustainable food with other families. Because both Homestead Zeke and Lesley are teachers, it seemed like this opportunity would be a great fit. They are egg-cited to help others gain an understanding and love for how easy and rewarding it is to have backyard hens!
Hollywood, Maryland - Homestead Bear & Audrey have a family of six that has lived in Southern Maryland for over 10 years. They have always had an interest in the homesteading lifestyle. A simple garden and laying hens seemed like a good place to start. Their first flock was only seven hens that lived in a DIY coop and run in their small suburban backyard. That first coop took longer and cost more to build that they expected. In 2013, they moved to their current location on over five acres and started a new flock of nine hens that lived in a ramshackle coop of salvaged building materials. This second coop was fast and cheap but inconvenient and hard to maintain. They now operate as Bramble Berry Hill, LLC and are very excited to be affiliated with Rent The Chicken. They have enjoyed raising chickens so much that as of 2015 they have 26 laying hens living in two coops with runs and sell eggs to coworkers, friends, and neighbors. In addition, Homestead Bear has learned from a Mennonite farmer how to process chickens and have expanded their business to include raising and processing meat birds. They are looking forward to introducing more people to the joys of having their own hens and the freshest eggs possible. With Rent The Chicken, customers have the opportunity to raise their own chickens while benefiting from the wisdom and experience of a knowledgeable support team. With the right equipment and practices having your own chickens can be easy and enjoyable.
Williamsburg, Massachusetts - Homestead Cory & Sabrina are serving the Western Massachusetts Area and beyond. They grew up in rural settings, either having grown up on a farm or worked on them, so it was quite natural when they started accumulating animals of their own. They joined the Rent The Chicken Family with hopes of expanding their own homestead goals for greater self sustainability. Together, they raise most of what goes on their table on their property (and love the animals in the mean time) from meat to veggies, as well as working on their fruit! They have a mixture of Highland cows, Jacob sheep, Pigs, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, and hatch out and/or breed most for around the homestead. They both work full time on top of hobby farming. They have a full plate but can't wait to share their knowledge and chickens with others!
Cassopolis, Michigan - Homestead Susan & Rob are serving South Bend, Indiana and the surrounding areas. They are proud parents of four and newly grandparents to three with the fourth expected in April 2016. Their wonderful family also consists of rabbits, turkeys, ducks, a very spoiled dog, and rooster! They relocated almost six years ago due to employment and at the same time gained an opportunity to start living a more sustainable lifestyle that they have always desired. Much to their surprise, they quickly found that their addition of chickens provided a greater asset to them. Their chickens provide a stress reliever to their careers with Rob being in municipal Safety and Risk and Susan in healthcare. They are egg-cited to bring their love of chickens to others. Since they have had so much joy with chickens, they are excited to join Rent the Chicken to bring joy to other families and to help others work towards a sustainable lifestyle.
Sanford, Michigan - Homestead Matt and Jill are serving the Tri-City Area in Michigan from Sanford, a little community outside of Midland. Homestead Matt has raised chickens for many years and they started raising them as a family five years ago for their daughter who has special needs. She loves to watch them grow and to get the eggs. On their two acre farm, they also raise meat chickens each spring as well as pigs. They love the freshness and to know what they are eating. Having animals around just brightens their day! They are egg-cited to be part of the Rent The Chicken Family and look forward to serving their community.
Kansas City, Missouri - Homestead Candy & Alex and their family are serving the Greater Kansas City, Missouri Area and surrounding areas. They’ve been married for almost 2 decades enjoying their blended family with four children and two grandchildren. Homestead Candy & Alex were both born and raised in the city. About five years ago, they moved for a change of pace of the country lifestyle. In addition to Rent The Chicken, Homestead Candy serves some of the best homecooked food around at JJ Homestead Restaurant in Kearney, Missouri while Homestead Alex is in the car battery manufacturing industry. In addition to raising chickens, they also raise ducks, goats, rabbits, guinea hens, cats, lizards, turtles, fish, and a dog at their Bashor Family Farm Ranch where they also grow produce and food for their animals. They are hoping to soon add cows, pigs, and bees. They are looking forward to meeting their renters of Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken!
Strafford, Missouri - Homestead David and his wonderful bride, Jenny with their sons, Taylor and Tucker serve Strafford and the greater Springfield, MO areas with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. They are city-slickers turned small homestead farmers. Jenny and David were both born and raised in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri, specifically Springfield, MO. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Missouri State University (Go Bears!) and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. After many years of living in the city, suburbia, (and even a swamp), they moved back to a family farm in Strafford, MO. Windy Valley, as Jenny’s grandparents first named it, has become their home and are proud to once again farm on this family homestead. In his spare time (whatever that is), he enjoys family time, reading e-books, listening to music of all kinds, Apple computers, coaching the boys sports teams, picking up after Taylor and Tucker (along with two dogs and six “mousing” barn cats), playing pretty mediocre golf, and stealing away to fly-fish for trout.
Mount Holly, New Jersey - Homestead Brad and his family serve New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. They have a small farm, Hidden Farm Pond, in Central New Jersey where Brad was born and raised. On the farm, they raise chickens, horses, donkeys, and ducks all protected by a few farm dogs. Brad prides himself in breeding and raising show quality Malaysian Seramas, a bantam chicken breed. In addition to focusing on his studies and chickens, he also enjoys traveling, horseback riding, skiing, swimming, and experiencing other cultures.
Corrales, New Mexico - Homestead Gary & Jennifer are serving the Greater Albuquerque Area from Fowling Around SimsFarm, LLC. We think it is in their genes… the love of gardening and animal husbandry. Gary’s roots come from several generations of dirt farmers in central Nebraska and Jennifer’s family are “rooted” in farming and ranching in north eastern Colorado. Their first project together when they began dating was to create a garden at a rental house where Jennifer was living. Once married, besides raising a family; planting gardens and raising animals were always part of their lives. They started with adding rabbits to their family which quickly morphed into national rabbit competitions and Gary being the American Fuzzy Lops (rabbit club) President! Through the nearly 20 years of having rabbits, they introduced the joy of raising rabbits to dozens of families in the Albuquerque region. When they moved to Corrales, NM in 2005, an abandoned flock of chickens in the area found shelter on their farm and their story of raising poultry began with chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Currently they have over 200 chickens of at least 15-20 different breeds. They also raise Welsh Harlequin and Cayuga ducks along with Red Bourbon Turkeys. Homestead Gary & Jennifer are egg-cited about the opportunity to join the Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken teams so they can share the joy that chickens bring to a home to people throughout the Albuquerque, NM region.
Greenville, New York - Homestead Joshua and Victoria own and operate Slingerland Family Farm in upstate New York. They specialize in raising all natural, pasture-based animals in an ethical and humane manner. They focus on environmentally responsible and sustainable agriculture methods to proudly produce the highest quality products for their local community. Currently their farm produces beef, pork, poultry and of course eggs! Joshua and Victoria, along with their two young children, are excited to be affiliates of Rent The Chicken so they can share their love and respect for farming with their community.
Fayetteville, North Carolina - Homestead Darren and his wife, Homestead Tanja live in Fayetteville and serve the counties of Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston, Sampson, Bladen, Lee, Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, and Moore. For the last three years, they and their two teenage sons have been raising a small backyard flock of 10 chickens, which have quickly become family pets. They have enjoyed the benefits of eating fresh, healthy eggs from happy free-range chickens and want to share that joy with their customers. They offer they Standard package, the Deluxe package and Hatch The Chick programs. Call or email for more information.
Franklinton, North Carolina - Homestead Todd and Joni, along with their daughter, Rebekah, serve the greater Raleigh/Durham area from their 11 acre farm in Franklinton, NC. They raise chickens, goats, rabbits, pigeons, and bees on their farm, McPhetridge Family Farms, LLC. They hope to soon add a few cows and pigs to their farm. Their goal is to become as self sufficient as possible, using the land and resources God has given them. Homestead Joni has always enjoyed the farming life. She was regularly found in her neighbor's fields when growing up, helping him with his planting and harvesting. Homestead Todd enjoys hard work and keeps the farm going. Their daughter, Rebekah, loves living on a farm. She is in 4-H, where she has shown goats, rabbits, and will soon be showing chickens. They are all excited to show others how living the farm life can be rewarding and just how fun and simple raising chickens for eggs can be!
Walbridge, Ohio - Homestead Lindsay and Nick are serving the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan area from their 30-acre Lakefield Poultry Farms in Walbridge, Ohio. Nick is from Fostoria, Ohio and attended Tiffin University majoring in Marketing. Lindsay is from Walbridge, Ohio and grew up raising chickens through the Wood County Ohio 4-H program. She attended The Ohio State University majoring in Animal Sciences and then received her PhD in Poultry Physiology from Auburn University. Married in the fall of 2015, they are looking forward to starting a family and sharing their love of chickens with a new generation. Joining the Rent the Chicken family in 2016, Lindsay and Nick are excited to bring the enjoyment of raising chickens with new people.
Xenia, Ohio - Homestead Bill & Debbie are serving Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding areas. While enjoying time with their grandchildren, their grandchildren enjoy time with their chickens! Homestead Bill is a general contractor by trade and enjoys building rental coops for the renters in the Greater Dayton, Ohio Area. They are egg-cited to meet their customers and share the joy of backyard chickens.
Talala, Oklahoma - Homestead Mandi and Shawn along with their four children serve the Greater Tulsa Area. In 2011, they decided to trade their life in suburbia for a 30 acre piece of prairie land that they bought at auction. They spent the next year bringing in utilities, erecting a metal building with living quarters that they affectionately call the "garage house", and selling their home in town. Once they finally moved to their land, they wasted no time getting a few chickens, which lead to the need for their two Livestock Guardian Dogs, Goldie and Ruby. Guineas, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, three Sicilian donkeys, and a couple of horses soon followed and with them came the need for a barn, and, of course, barn cats. Thus, a homestead was born! And every homestead needs a farm house, so they are busy once again building a farm house for their family. While Homestead Shawn works in town to support the family and all of their animals, Homestead Mandi works to keep everything running smoothly--or at least keep everyone alive--at home and blogs about their adventures at Our Life Out Here. She is passionate about helping others achieve their homesteading dreams no matter where they live. So, she is thrilled with the opportunity to join with Rent The Chicken in helping others discover the joy of chickens and farm fresh eggs!
Wellston, Oklahoma - Homestead Gary And Tonya are serving the Oklahoma City Area. They own and operate Last Run Farms LLC. They have specialized in raising all natural Black Angus beef and Berkshire pigs. Gary says his goal is to raise the best tasting rib eye’s and pork chops that you can buy. In addition to their animals, they also grow blackberries for the local farmers market. Homestead Tonya has always loved her chickens and has raised various breeds of chickens over the years. They are very excited to bring Rent the Chicken to the Oklahoma City area so others can enjoy their chickens and fresh eggs.
Central Point, Oregon - Homestead Bob and Dana were both born and raised in Southern Oregon. Bob grew up on a small hog farm, so chickens are something a little bit new to them. After high school Bob joined the Air Force and spent 4 years as an aircraft mechanic mostly in Tucson, Arizona. When his enlistment was up, he decided to move back home to Central Point, OR where he met and married Dana. He has worked as an aircraft mechanic for Erickson Air-Crane for almost 10 years now and Dana as a nurse. He is about nine months away (entering his senior year) from graduating with a degree in business from Southern Oregon University which will be very helpful! They have two and a half children; Ben (age 5), Mae (age 2), and are currently expecting their third child on December 31st. They purchased a small 3.4 acre, fully irrigated homestead a few years ago so they can teach their kids the same lifestyle that they grew up loving so much. Currently they have a plethora of free range hens and one small bantam rooster to keep everyone in line. They also have Coopworth meat sheep, honey bees, and the occasional hog for the freezer. They do a yearly garden, but really have began to focus on raspberries and blueberries. They have lots of family in Southern Oregon and everyone is into farming in one way or another.
Liverpool, Pennsylvania - Homestead Chris & Kay with their family serve Central Pennsylvania and NYC & Long Island from their 18 acre Pollyanna Farms in Liverpool, PA. Pollyanna Farms' name rights come from a dance hall that was used during prohibition. Their household includes six children, ages 9, 11, and 12, Chris' mom, two golden retrievers, and 3 min pin mixes round out the farm crew! Chris works off farm full time for the Commonwealth of PA as the electrical shop foreman. Kay works part time driving a street sweeper to clean parking lots. Raising pastured pork and poultry maintains their farming goal of giving the animals the best possible life while they do the activities nature intended them to do. Their pigs spend the day rooting up the ground, playing in the wallows, and of course loving to roll in the mud! Their chickens are provided with fresh pasture every morning to give a variety of vegetation and insects. All of their animals are out in the sunshine all day with opportunities to go under shelter as needed. Since joining the Rent the Chicken family in the Spring of 2015, they have had a fun time sharing the joys of raising chickens with family and individuals that would not have this opportunity other wise. Over the Summer of 2015, they also provided two hens on Broadway with Penn and Teller! As the future comes, they intend to offer meat sales, adding pasture raised turkeys, to help their community know where and how their food sources are raised. Adding a few goats and offering the Hatch The Chicken program is sure to be in their future as well!
Freeport, Pennsylvania - Homestead Jenn & Phil are the co-founders of Rent The Chicken. It started as a way to earn supplemental income and is now full time employment for both stretching across the United States and Canada. They are blessed to be connected with many hard working individuals that make Rent The Chicken successful. On their homestead, they raise chickens, meat rabbits, and ducks. In their spare time, they enjoy motorcycling, canoeing, camping, and spending time with their kitty, Givi. They are very involved with their local church teaching class, being on the worship team (Homestead Phil plays the trombone!), and being involved with the community. Homestead Phil is also very active with the local HAM Radio club talking all over the world without a telephone! Seeing the smiles on their renters faces is what they look forward to when making deliveries for Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken.
Lascassas, TN - Homestead RayLee and Bubba are now serving Middle Tennessee. Their farm is located in a small Tennessee town of Lascassas. They have three children and one grandson who they enjoy spending time with. If they aren't with their family or on the farm, they can be found hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping, and horse riding! They are egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken as an extension of their farm.
Milano, Texas - Homestead Brad and Suzanne are serving Central Texas, from Austin, to Waco, Bryan/College Station to Normangee, and everything in between. Brad and Suzanne are both high school graduates from Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas. Brad claims Lubbock as his home town and is a US Marine, TSTC graduate, and has more than 20 years of experience as a mechanical designer and inventor. Suzanne is a 1999 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas majoring in Education, Spanish, and Public Speaking which led to being a passionate public school teacher for several years. They have been married for 18 years and have five children ages 7 to 14, whom they homeschool. They own Flip Flop Spanish and and supply the nation with innovative Spanish curriculum products and tools. Suzanne, a self-proclaimed Crazy Chicken Lady, has her own Facebook page and blog entitled “My Chicken Fetish” which pre-dates the family learning about Rent the Chicken by three years. With teaching, designing, and building, being their greatest passions, they are extremely egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to their local of Milano, Texas as well as to the entire Central Texas Area.
Venus, Texas - Homestead Richard & Shannon with their children are serving Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas. (More details to come!)
Henrico, VA - Homestead Scott and Ella, along with their daughter, Zinnie, serve the Richmond and Williamsburg areas of Virginia from their small farm in Eastern Henrico County. They raise laying and meat chickens, heritage turkeys, American Guinea Hogs and offer their horses for pony parties at Jack Donkey Farm, LLC. Homestead Scott is a licensed electrician, employed full-time off-farm. Farming has been his passion and a dream for as long as he can remember. Raising meat, eggs and growing vegetables is one more way to provide quality food for his family and the farm's customers. Since moving to the farm in 2013, he has built or installed multiple chicken houses, poultry pens, pig pens & houses, hugekulturs, a barn, lean-tos, a tack room, and spread tons of gravel And let's not forget the garden! He's happy to take a break to give a child visiting the farm a ride on the tractor. Ella works part-time off-farm. Her Associate's Degree in Business Administration provides a good education base for the business side of the farm, but the animals are where her heart is. Finding animals that could work together to provide soil fertility, and live in natural environments, was a major part of the animal choices Ella and Scott made for the farm. She is responsible, along with Zinnie, for the day-to-day management of the farm. She is also working with a United States Equine Rescue League foster horse, Black Diamond.
Penhook, VA - Homestead Amelia & Marty with their family are serving the Greater Roanoke Area and beyond. Both were born and raised in Penhook and are now raising their three sons, Levi, Reed, & Wyatt on their 85 acre family farm with 350 head of sheep, llamas, emus, ducks, dogs, and a few cows. Homestead Marty is a full time satellite technician while Homestead Amelia stays at home with the boys while they both have a passion for farming and gardening. They are all all extremely egg-cited about being part of Rent The Chicken.
Merrill, Wisconsin - Homestead Deb and family are serving the Greater Wausau Area. Deb has had chickens ever since she was a little girl. A big Cochin Hen named "Grandma" followed her all over the farm growing up. Deb with her husband Wayne, son Duston, and daughter Nikki help with the chicken business. Currently they have 22 chickens, two Welsh Harlequin ducks, an outside cat that sleeps with the chickens and ducks, and 3 dogs. Rumor has it they may possibly get a goat this Spring... Deb is an avid flower and vegetable gardener. Wayne and Duston have built her flower beds, chicken coops, and most recently raised garden beds out of cinder block. They just dread when she finds a new idea on Pinterest, because it usually means more work for them.:) Deb's other hobbies include canning, crafts, crocheting, playing a little banjo, and racing in the mud bogs with her family and friends. Deb is extremely excited to now offer RENT THE CHICKEN!!!
Kamloops, British Columbia - Homestead Ron and Marie are serving Kamloops and the surrounding areas where they operate a small family farm just outside of Kamloops. They raise lambs and broiler chickens for sale in the region. Active in 4-H, they are proud to be part of developing and supporting the next generation of farmers and producers. Ron and Marie are excited about Rent The Chicken as a natural extension of their farm, providing opportunities for people to connect with their food sources.
Victoria, British Columbia - Homestead Kate and Mike with their family serve Victoria and the surrounding areas. Homestead Kate owns and operates Bees Please Farms which also rents out fully-serviced beehives. They have a wide range of bee related products available. Homestead Mike refers to himself as 'the man with the shovel'. Shortly before marriage Mike and Kate purchased their lovely family home in Saanich. Immediately, Kate put Mike to work building extensive raised garden beds, installing rain barrels and converting the backyard (and front and side yards!) into food producing super-yards. Chickens were the logical next step and then bees followed the year after. Mike and Kate have two young boys who thoroughly enjoy eating fresh food out of the garden, watching the bees, collecting eggs, feeding the chickens, and sharing their experiences with their city friends. Mike and Kate love to talk about their city farm life and friends often ask for 'the tour' when they come for a visit. Kate is the President of the Victoria Fruit and Vegetable Club, and host of the FB group Urban Homesteaders -Victoria BC. She also writes a monthly column for the Victoria Horticultural Society newsletter. They are both thrilled to share chickens with others through Rent The Chicken.
Haute-Aboujagane, New Brunswick - Homestead Josée, Sébastien and young family are presently serving all of New Brunswick. They've always enjoy growing fresh food in their garden. Now with a chicken coop, it’s even better! It’s amazing when you can walk out of your house and come back with either breakfast, lunch our supper, depending on the egg recipe you have in hand. It simply feels great! A couple of years ago, Homestead Sébastien had thought of starting building chicken coops and selling them locally for a past-time. When he saw Rent The Chicken in the news, he thought it was a genius of an idea to provide the layers as well! So here they are... Happy to start serving their region in the spring of 2016. This business venture is also the start of a bigger adventure of have their own hobby farm with a few more animals in the future.
West River Station, Nova Scotia - Homestead Lisa & James with their family are serving Pictou County, Nova Scotia and the surrounding areas. Several years ago they purchased Lisa's grand parents' property. They have big plans in the future for their farm but currently have only one horse (who insisted on being in the picture!), two dogs, two cats, and chickens. Next year, they hope to add hogs and perhaps a cow or two. They started their chicken adventure through their daughters being in 4-H and had no idea how great they are and have been hooked ever since! They currently have both egg layers and meat chickens. Their daughters are active in 4-H and enjoy horse riding lessons as well. In addition to Rent The Chicken, James is a 4th class stationary engineer and Lisa is an advanced care paramedic. They are looking forward to bringing these great little critters (their chickens!) to others!
Appin, ON - Homestead James & Pam with their family are serving South Western Ontario. (More details to come!)
Marmora, Ontario - Homestead Steve & Ruth are serving Central-Eastern Ontario. After a long absence away from the farm, Homestead Steve & Ruth returned to the country to get back into raising animals and growing their own food. They have always loved animals and share their home with two rough Collies, eight cats, indoor birds budgies, one bantam rooster, and a few lizards. They have always rescued animals in need of care and that's how chickens came back into their lives. After four years, they now have over a hundred birds and supply many friends and customers with fresh eggs on a regular basis. Steve and Ruth have traveled all over Canada and the US, lived in the Rockies and the rolling hills of Ontario, camped in every province and many states. Chickens make great pets for children of all ages and also provide steps to learning a responsibility as well as providing fresh eggs for the whole family as a added bonus. They hope you enjoy your Rent The Chicken experience and will do all possible to provide you with the best possible service.
Moffat, Ontario - Homestead Kate and Ivan, along with their three young sons, own and operate Belbeck's Family Farm, a 50 acre transitional organic meat and egg CSA farm, serving South-Central Ontario. They believe in sustainable agriculture that supports the health of the land, their animals, and their customers! Seeking organic certification for the first time for 2016, their CSA shares will include organic beef, pork, chicken, poultry and pastured rabbit. Kate is a poultry enthusiast with a special interest in breeding rare breed and heritage laying chickens, as well as raising pastured meat chickens, turkeys and ducks. They are thrilled to be able to share the poultry keeping experience with the region!
Prince Edward Island - Homestead Sally & Mark with their family serve all of PEI. They also own and operate Barnyard Organics which is based in Freetown, PEI. They have 550 acres of certified organic grains and oilseeds. They also specialize in organic chicken, organic eggs, and organic livestock feed. They are the PEI distributor for Bio-Ag as well. They are a young, family friendly farm and pride themselves on producing the highest quality, healthiest food while making the least impact on our environment.
Dalmeny, Saskatchewan - The Family Farm with Homestead Aaron & Shanda with their family are serving Saskatoon and Central Saskatchewan. Homestead Aaron & Shanda both come from rural Saskatchewan families. After they were married and able to move to their own plot of land, they became increasingly interested in a homesteading way of life. Homestead Shanda grew up in a poultry farming family and Homestead Aaron always enjoyed keeping and caring for all sorts of animals, so Rent The Chicken was a natural fit for them.