I recently read the story of the youngest farmer to receive the Animal Welfare Approved certification.
Meet 12 year old Shelby Grebenc of Broomfield Co.
According to the article in the Animal Welfare Approved newsletter, she has 130 laying hens. She has named her farm Shelby's Happy Chapped Butt Chicken Farm because she says since folks can see her farm from the road people sometimes drop off chickens. She found a an empty box one day with chickens running around. They had no tail feathers and looked pretty sore so it seemed fitting.
Shelby started her farm when she was 10 years old by approaching her grandmother for a $1,000 loan to start a pasture raised egg business.
This stemmed from the situation at hand, her mother Nancy who has multiple Sclerosis was in a nursing home and Shelby wanted to expand the family's income.
Shelby, my hat is off to you and I wish you well in everything you endeavor to do at your farm.
To read the Animal Welfare article go here.