Here are some articles about Coastal Hill Farm:
- Press Democrat: Eggs rule the roost at Coastal Hill Farms in Two Rock
On this diversified ranch in Two Rock west of Petaluma, Foehr also raises honeybees to pollinate the vegetables and vegetables to help feed the animals. That keeps the small but growing egg farm in balance, with zero waste.
“It’s a closed circle,” said Foehr, the great-grandson of the dairyman Domenico Grossi, who immigrated from southern Switzerland in the 1890s and founded the historic Grossi Dairy in Novato in 1917. “Anything we’re growing has to complement something else.”
The Coastal Hill eggs are Certified Humane, which is what matters most to the egg farmer and to his customers. Anyone can come out and tour the ranch by appointment and see how the chickens live on the farm, with plenty of fresh air and ventilation, healthy feed, clean water, fresh shavings and space.
That’s why businesses like the Petaluma Pie Co. continue to order the pastured Coastal Hills eggs for their baked goods.
“We’ve been out to visit the farm,” said Angelo Sacerdote, co-owner of the Petaluma Pie Company. “We like that he is doing things on a human scale, like us.”
- Ethical Foods.com: Coastal Hill Farm Eggs – Life Outside The Cage
The best way to choose eggs is to find a local producer who uses humane, healthy and ecologically sound practices. Touring a farm and asking questions is far more effective than picking a dozen eggs from the store based upon the label alone.
On our tour of Bobby Foehr’s egg farm, he explains what it takes to start a small chicken farm, the difference between pasture raised and free range eggs and why he is not certified organic.
- Beyond Organic: Rooster Not Required
Now that farm fresh eggs, certified organic and not, are available to the city dwellers — at a price — it might behoove the urban and suburban forager not only to avoid commercial eggs at all costs but to buy some hens and set up shop of their own.
Bobby Foehr, a 27-year old, who lives an hour north of San Francisco in Point Reyes Station, has been raising chickens since he was three years old. As a kid he would sell his eggs for a dollar a dozen to his friends. His grandfather, a local rancher, taught him about raising birds. Then at Cal Poly he majored in ranch management (proving everything his grandfather said right). Now, he’s got some hens of his own turning his backyard into a barnyard with 45 hens of different varieties and one lone rooster. His chicken hobby, he says, “keeps me sane”. So what does it take to have fresh eggs at home? Foehr says it’s easy. “It just takes some space, clean water, food, picking your eggs and a hen house that protects the birds from predators.”