Bomgardner Family Farm
Lebanon County, PA
Time for Family and Farm
Greg and Katie Bomgardner’s kids are pretty typical tween/teens. They juggle school, friends, baseball, football, and soccer practice, music lessons, 4-H livestock club, horseback riding lessons, and just about every other extracurricular activity that active American kids do these days.
Oh – and they also help their mom and dad sort, wash and pack eggs almost every day.
That’s just one of many reasons why the Bomgardners chose to become Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg farmers: They can have an active, healthy home life that the whole family can participate in. “Say, if we have a baseball game, we can wait to pack the eggs when we get home,” says Greg. “That’s a big selling point for us, because family comes first.”
Greg works for the township during the day, checking on the hens before he leaves. Katie manages the hens, and does the bulk of sorting and packing the eggs. The kids help when they get home from school.
“They do it in exchange for time on the Xbox,” says Greg. “It’s a great motivator!”
The family bought their 42-acre farm from Katie’s family, and live in the home she grew up in. Besides their flock of 18,000 organic hens, they raise grass-fed steers and pigs, and crop-farm on neighboring land. They’re eagerly planning to add a second laying barn, which will enable Greg to move more to full-time farming, a tradition the family hopes to continue.
While they’re too young to make decisions about such things, at least some of the Bomgardner kids may one day opt for the farm life, too. “They really love animals, and our second son really enjoys the equipment–he loves to use the riding mower,” muses Greg. “I think it’s just a matter of time.”