Here are some articles about Coastal Hill Farm:
- Press Democrat: Homage to Ag
Although he has a hired helper, Coastal Hill Farm is basically a one-man, 1.5-acre, free-range egg operation. Starting at sunrise every day, he lets the chickens out, starts feeding and watering, picking up eggs at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. With 1,000 birds in production, he usually gets around 800 eggs a day. For Foehr, one of his biggest challenges is differentiating his eggs from those of other producers. For starters, he’s made sure his farm is a certified humane operation. “The trick with that is you have to find people who care about the welfare of where their food comes from,” he says.
- 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.”