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Amanda Wilson and Brady Kirwan raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) laying hens at Old Dutch Hops in Hillsboro, Ohio. In their twenties, Amanda and Brady both worked in the National Parks System before deciding to move back to Amanda’s hometown to be part of the growing food and farming community. The two started growing hops, vegetables and making maple syrup. “We originally decided to raise chickens to add fertility to our hop fields,” explains Amanda. Now Amanda and Brady are proud to be raising a flock of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW laying hens.
The flock of laying 500 hens at Old Dutch Hops is made up of hardy, traditional breeds that do well on pasture. “We started our flock with Buckeye chickens, which is a breed originating in our home state of Ohio,” says Amanda. “Now we choose a different breed each year to know the age of each chicken.” The laying hens at Old Dutch Hops are raised outdoors on pasture, and are able to perform natural behaviors, like running, dust bathing, pecking and scratching for grubs and seeds. Pasture-based management not only provides the highest welfare conditions for the hens, but also produces healthier eggs containing three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the omega-3 fatty acids as industrial eggs.
Amanda and Brady plan to use the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label to highlight their high-welfare, sustainable farming practices. “It’s important to have organizations like A Greener World to educate consumers about food labels and help farmers differentiate their products in the marketplace. We really appreciate AGW and their mission to promote the benefits of sustainable agriculture.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pasture-raised chicken eggs from Old Dutch Hops can be purchased directly from the farm through their seasonal CSA or at the Northside Farmer’s Market in Cincinnati on Wednesdays. For more information about Old Dutch Hops, visit olddutchhops.com and the farm’s Facebook page or contact Amanda Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org and (937) 509-0064.