- $300 upfront, $60 at each delivery (or less based on avg weight)
- 5 Deliveries Starting late spring, then every 8 wks
- Sustainable, Ethical, Local, and organically fed.
Our goal for 2021 is 500 chickens divided into 20 shares (25 chickens), each share would be priced at $24/chicken ($6/lb at an avg of 4lb/bird). That would basically cover the cost of the operation at 500 birds.
The pricing is $600/share half up from and then the rest (based on total weight) at each delivery (see schedule). So you could end up paying less but never more than $24/bird; better feed conversion means more food at a lower cost for everyone.
The whole operation will be local, chickens are hatched in Salinas, feed is grown and milled around Modesto, they will be raised in Courtland and slaughtered in Franklin.
The items listed below are all equal, and in no particular order.
- Connect people with their food. We want this to be run collectively, labor will be volunteered (this will be covered by barbell farm, and optional for Co-op Members), big decisions will be made democratically, and members will always be welcome on the farm. (I’m not sure what this looks like right now, but we will figure it out together…that’s the point 😉 )
- Keep money as local as possible. Too much of our capital flows out of local economies, and we want to help alleviate that by keeping our business local to central/northern California.
- Non-“industrial“. We believe that the centralized industrial food systems that we have come to depend on are fragile and extremely damaging to local economies and the planet. We take a stance against this by feeding only organic, non-GMO, Non-corn or Soy (State-sponsored Monoculture is bad), locally grown, and milled feed.
- Only one bad day. Commercial concentrated animal feeding operations are pretty terrifying, and we want no part of that. We are committed to providing a good life with only one bad day for our animals.
- Regeneration. We take pride and responsibility in our management of the pasture and are committed to ensuring the health of the grass and soil so that it can continue to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and provide a healthy foundation to our sustainable food systems.
Meet the birds
We grow Cornish Cross chickens raised on pasture and fed only organic, non-GMO, no corn, no soy feed. We have chosen this breed for their efficient feed conversion and growth rate. They are also very easy to maintain, even though they are more sensitive to the heat, that can be managed. They are great birds, and yield tender flavorful meat.
Keep in mind that these numbers are preliminary estimates (with the exception of the land and fees). I will continue to work with local vendors to negotiate prices that are beneficial to all parties involved. The biggest expense that can have the biggest impact on cost per bird is the feed; I will be negotiating bulk purchases to get that cost down.
While we are not trying to make a profit we do need to make sure that we are covering the basic costs of running the operation. Since a lot of the equipment that we will need will last years and ultimately be owned by Barbell Farms I have amortized the cost of that equipment over a 10year period to fairly distribute the burden.
Cost of goods sold
This is the direct cost of raising the birds and consumables including the cost of the birds, feed, brooding materials, and energy. Typically this is where labor would be included, but all labor will be volunteered by Barbell Farm and any willing co-op members.
These are “week of” dates and will be continually re-evaluated based on various factors such as weather, growth rate, and co-op member preferences.