2022 CSE

Get fresh, certified organic eggs straight from our Warren County farm.

How it works

Essentially you are pre-buying eggs at a discounted rate while the chicks grow. Once the hens have reached maturity, you get to redeem your investment by picking up eggs from our farmers market booth or getting them delivered straight to your door*

*delivery to Saint Louis city, Saint Louis Counties, and surrounding area

How many eggs per CSE?

shares are sold in case (15 dozen) increments. You can buy as many shares as you want. We are not offering smaller or larger shares this year.

Once the season begins:

you let us know how many dozen you would like to pick up at market/on-farm/delivered.

weekly redemption limits

On-farm

you can pick up to 2 dozen/week

Farmers Market

you can pick up to 2 dozen/week

Delivery (every other week)

you can get up to 3 dozen/2 weeks

**having a CSE does not guarantee you eggs, you must still let us know when you plan on redeeming your eggs so we can have them set aside for you. limited quantities can occur during molt or extreme changes in the environment. We will do our best to remind you every week but it is ultimately up to you when you want to redeem your eggs.

Our CSE Mission

We love raising hens on our certified organic pasture. Not only do they provide amazing eggs, but they also do their part in enriching our soil and boosting biodiversity. 

By joining our CSE, you are:

  • investing in our small, family-run farm, boosting the local economy.

  • joining us in our mission to raise a biodiverse and healthy flock that is raised humanely and sustainably.

  • Supporting us directly by ensuring we are paid a living wage to do the hard work of restoring our small patch of earth.

  • receiving the very best and freshest eggs possible.

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Our Flock

made up of heritage and uncommon breeds of chicken (and duck) - our flock is about as biodiverse as they come. We aim to not only have a wide variety of breeds but also a wide variety of colors in your egg carton. Our breeds include ( but are not limited to):

  • Silver Lakenvelder (chicks arriving September 9th)

  • Americanas (chicks arriving September 9th)

  • Black Australorp (chicks arriving September 9th)

  • Starlight Green Egger (chicks arriving September 9th)

  • Welsummer (chicks arriving September 9th)

  • Sage Eggers

  • Prairie Bluebell

  • French Black Copper Marans (rooster)

  • Cuckoo Marans (rooster) 

  • Silverrudds Blue (Rooster)

  • Cocoa Eggers (Rooster)

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CSE: explained

You are investing in our CSE program in the off-season, which allows us to raise our chicks to maturity. Once they begin their egg-laying "career," your investment is returnedto you in the form of eggs!

Timeline:

Chickens (2021)

  1. September 9th: Our chicks arrive. they are put in a brooder to protect them from predators + any extreme weather changes. Probably the cutest phase and we spend time bonding with the chicks and exposing them to different stimuli to strengthen their immune system and get them ready for life on the farm.
     

  2. September 23rd: Chicks are gradually given more outdoor time in protected area. They are extremely explorative and will learn how to hunt for bugs and eat a wider variety of forage.
     

  3. End Of October: Our birds are fully moved out of the brooder. they have their juvenielle feathers and are eager to explore + learn out on the pasture. Their houses are insulated with straw and they are given a gradually expanding yard with an electrified fence to keep away predators. They are introduced to nesting boxes so they become comfortable with them.
     

  4. First Hard Frost:  we will move our bird houses near our high tunnel. This wat during inclement weather, we can quickly move them into a more protected shelter. They will do their part in amending our high tunnel for the spring and cleaning out any pests present. They are given extra enrichment activities and foods to keep them from getting bored
     

  5. Late February: The ladies lay their first eggs. At first, the eggs are small and infrequent, but gradually - the ladies get the handle of the whole thing and gradually their eggs will begin to grow in size.

  6. Mid-April: CSE season begins! - after the ladies get the hang of the whole laying business - you can start getting your farm-fresh eggs*!

*egg availability is affected by seasonal changes, predator attacks, and other unpredictable conditions. We do our absolute best to make sure that the flock is cared for to the highest standards - but we DO NOT FORCE our birds to lay - (a common practice in the industry). We do not starve them to get them to molt quicker, nor do we expose them to 24hr light to increase their production. Our birds live their lives in nature and a part of it and benefit from its advantages as well as experience its unpredictability.

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what is molting:

Molting is the process by which a bird sheds their old feathers and grow new ones.

simply put this is a lot to go through. imagine losing all of the hair on your body then having to fully regrow it in a matter of weeks.

It's a process that conventional industrial farms have found to be the biggest inhibitor of sustained, constant production. So how do they tackle this natural and necessary part of every birds life? They expose their birds to 24hr./day light, reduce their feed - essentially starving them - forcing the chickens to molt in about half the time.

we will never force our hens to molt. It significantly shortens a chickens lifespan, stresses them - making them more prone to infection and disease, and it seems downright barbaric to basically torture an animal for going through a completely normal part of life.

How does this affect my CSE?

Allowing the birds to go through this process not only increases their lifespan and better prepares them for the weather and elements they face on a daily basis, but is also a good source of much needed nutrients on the farm as the feathers are incorporated into our soil and compost piles.

We also have a very diverse flock of hens, meaning that they each go through molt at different times of the year for different lengths, out hope is that through biodiversity we have a steadier supply of eggs, but of course, its always up to the universe.

So during the spring and fall - we will have few to little eggs available for purchase. Nevertheless - we give our diverse flock everything they need to help make their molt as stress-free as possible.

  • more enrichment activities (branches, straw bales, hay, hanging treats)

  • Increased nutrition - it takes a lot to grow feathers so we provide Icelandic kelp, meal worms, red wigglers, and trace minerals in the form of rock dust to help provide a boost.

  • larger pasture

  • more protection + shade to protect their sensitive skin