FARMERS | Chehalis Valley Farm

Washington

We’re all for a future with farms full of pasture-raised chickens, and Chehalis Valley Farm is on the same wavelength as us with their 50-acre farm, located near Elma, Washington.

John Hagara founded his farm in 2012 in the heart of the Chehalis River Valley. From day one, his vision was to create a farm full of healthy poultry using ethical and sustainable farming practices. Also, he wanted to put the local community front and center by providing an alternative to giant factory farms dedicated to mass production. Since founding his farm, he has remained committed to the following mission:

To contribute and promote a vibrant regional food economy using regenerative farming and responsible land stewardship practices to raise healthy food on pasture and in the forest.

Chehalis Valley’s Cornish-cross birds are well cared for from the moment they hatch. As chicks, they are raised in a temperature- and moisture-controlled brooder house to mature. After fully-feathering, they are introduced to mobile pasture shelters where they’re protected from predators and harsh weather conditions. Following this, they are free to roam the pasture as they please, clucking happily through their days full of sun, fresh air, and new grass, all while feeding on seeds and insects. There are never any added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, and their food supply is supplemented with non-GMO, corn-free, and soy-free grains straight from Washington farms.

These happy chickens also give back by fertilizing the land, a regenerative farming technique that boosts soil health and promotes new grass growth without any use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. When it’s time to process the chickens, this is done humanely on the farm’s WSDA-inspected poultry processing facility. The onsite location promises less stress and discomfort for the animals, resulting in a fresher, better-quality product for consumers. All products are frozen immediately after processing to preserve optimal freshness.

In harmony with our own belief in transparency, John seeks to shorten the distance between farmers and consumers. Visitors may arrange visits to the farm, allowing them first-hand access to the land. And, most importantly, these chickens are grown to supportour regional food system, ensuring the physical and economical health of the community for generations to come.

We wholeheartedly support Chehalis Valley’s mission; it truly is one that echoes our vision to radicalize the food system through a farm-to-table model. Support your local chicken farmers and add Pasture-Raised Poultry to your next order!

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