Friday, May 4, 2012

Succession Planning

Our pilot project is a year old!  Tomorrow will mark the 365th day of collecting eggs at the collective.  As of last night, we had collected a whopping 7,678 eggs!

While that's is something to be happy about, we're also aware that our gorgeous girls won't be this productive forever.  In commercial operations, hens are "dispatched" at around 18 months, and that's the approximate age our hens have now reached.  So in our humane operation, retirement planning is the order of the day.  While we aren't planning to kill them, we know we need new blood in order to keep up with the demand for our free range pastured eggs.

This week has been very exciting.  On Tuesday, we picked up 12 adorable new downy chicks from the feed store in Harrow.   A handful of them have been camping out at Suzuki, where the kindergarten classes have been fascinated, inspired and filled with love.  They even blogged about them in their class blog.  You'll have to check it out, and be sure to leave a comment.

It will take about 6 months for these chicks to start laying eggs, by which time our older hens will likely have become less productive.  This is how the cycle works.

What I'd like to know is what were the children's questions.  If they post them here, maybe our knowledgeable chicken "cluckative" members could answer them for the children.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eco Conference at Suzuki School

Maybe it's a good thing there's rain on the forecast this weekend.  Instead of heading out to the farm on Saturday morning to put seedlings in the ground, WECSA enthusiasts will be able to attend the Eco Conference at Dr. David Suzuki Public School, the country's only platinum LEED rated school.

The conference will educate attendees about the toxins found in makeup and household cleaning products, and what to do about it to ensure we raise our families safely.  Attendees will go home with goody-bags of samples and will be eligible for door-prizes throughout the day, making this a thoroughly worthwhile event for the modest $5 admission fee.

There will be local vendors selling their products, including ShopEco, Sartaj Flour and Faerhaven Soaps, as well as a number of information booths and a bevy of local artists selling environment-inspired art as well as goods imaginatively made from repurposed materials.  A selection of food options will be available, made with locally grown ingredients, many of which were grown or produced on the WECSA farm.

The doors open to the public at 9am, and the school is situated at 6320 Raymond Avenue, in Riverside.

Read more about the event here.