Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

In a recent article published by npr.org, Dan Charles explains just how much space should be provided for an organic hen to live.

“According to the new rules, farmers must provide at least one square foot of outdoor space for each 2.25 pounds of poultry in their flock. According to Jesse Laflamme, CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, that translates to about two square feet per egg-laying hen, or about an acre for a flock of 20,000.”

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BJ’s to Source All Cage-free Eggs by 2022

In an article published by progressivegrocer.com explains how BJ’s Wholesale Club will transition its supply at all of its locations of whole-shell eggs from cage-free farms by 2022.

“In cage-free egg production, hens aren’t locked up in cages and can interact with flock mates in a large enclosed barns. By contrast, in caged systems, hens can’t even fully spread their wings.”

“‘BJ’s and our members are growing more concerned about where our food is coming from, how it is grown, and the welfare of the animals and people that are involved in the supply chain,’ explained Rob Johnson, BJ’s dairy buyer.”

BJ’s Wholesale Club is working toward making better options for their members with cage-free eggs.

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In the Coop: Hatching a Dream

When Jesse, “The Leader of the Flock,” was growing up in Monroe, NH he spent countless hours down at the family egg farm helping to collect eggs and having fun with the chickens. Sometimes, he and his childhood best friend even got in trouble while having an “egg toss” which wasn’t exactly a good use of the eggs.  Jesse also had many pets growing up which at one point included a turkey who was seen chasing the family pick-up truck which resulted in a somersaulting turkey heading down the hill.  And of course, everyone knows that Jesse’s favorite pet was his pet chicken Nellie who loved riding in the basket of his bicycle. Apparently since chickens are not really able to fly, riding on a bicycle is the next best thing for a chicken!

A boy, his bike and his chicken

Jesse never imagined he’d come back to the small town of Monroe, NH to work on the family farm. But, when he met me, his wife Sandra, that’s exactly what he did.  Jesse graduated from Bates College in the spring of 2000 and the following day he began working at Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, our family farm, and began imagining his life as an organic egg farmer. Our organic egg farm has changed a lot since then and we are very proud of what we are doing. We want consumers to question where their food comes from, to “Know Who Your Eggs Come From.”

Thank you to all of our consumers who support our family farm and our family farmers as we work on “hatching a dream.”  We hope you will continue to choose our eggs and to try our new Pete & Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs.

Please read to find out more about Jesse and Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs in this months issue of NH Magazine:

Eggs-cellent Work: Jesse Laflamme

NH Magazine-Eggs-cellent Work: Jesse Laflamme, Spring 2012