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Life on the Farm: Potatoes in furrows and non-GMO-fed chickens brooding

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

Our back-ordered 300 pounds of potatoes that were supposed to be here in mid-March arrived on Monday while we were receiving 1.5 inches of rain.

I had hilled up and furrowed the rows for potatoes while it was dry, so we were able to place them in the furrow on Tuesday. The soil was too wet to cover the potatoes with 2 to 4 inches of soil, but it won’t hurt the potatoes to lie in the sun for a few days. Sunlight will encourage them to begin sprouting.

Levi’s chicks arrived at the post office this morning and are in the brooder. We have decided to go with non-genetically modified feed rather than organic feed based on the feedback we got from y’all.

Most people that responded would be willing to pay $6 per dozen for eggs from chickens fed non-GMO feed, but $8 per dozen for eggs using organic feed was a little too much.

The chickens will be run on organic pastureland, so I think Levi will have some pretty high-quality eggs to start selling in 20 to 22 weeks.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; demullis@vnet.net.
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