I recently wrote a blog post on our website titled, "How Many Miles Are on Your Chicken?". I think it's important that everyone know why I wrote this. I have the unique perspective of being a fairly new farmer. I can remember the choices I made as a non-farming consumer and remember why I made them. Every day I learn more and more about food and farming and the more I learn, the more I want to share that knowledge with consumers. I not only want people to be able to make an informed decision but I want our customers to understand why we do what we do.
In "How Many Miles Are on Your Chicken?" I specifically talk about how much travel your "local" chicken experiences even before it gets in your hands. Some even before they get to the store. This may not affect the taste or quality, but it does beg the question, is the local choice, always the sustainable one? Also, how "local" is your food really?
We've taken very deliberate steps to source our chicks locally, produce them locally and distribute them locally. We feel this is better for the environment and the surrounding community. Our order to a local, small scale breeder keeps our money in the community. We process our chickens locally, which also means less stress on chickens and no carbon emissions in the form of travel. Our local farm is only 16 miles from the farthest delivery point.
Please take a few minutes to read the post and see how I've broken this down mathematically and see if you agree.