After watching documentaries and reading books about the industrialized food system, Yoric and I started to get serious about producing our own food and making careful buying choices. Together, we set up raised bed gardens in our yard we began raising layer hens so we can now produce a lot of the fresh produce and eggs that our family eats. Grass-fed Big Island beef is the only meat at the regular grocery store I consider worth buying and we began to crave more variety. I was standing in the supermarket one day and just couldn't buy Foster Farms or Tyson chicken anymore and wished there was another local option that I could feel good about feeding my family. It dawned on me that I was probably not the only one having this problem.
Our farming enterprise, Punachicks Farm LLC, is a culmination of all of our past experiences coming together so that we can do something meaningful for the local community. Yoric and I know that we aren't going to get rich raising pastured chickens, but we'll be doing something that we can both feel good about. Yoric is in charge of daily operations and I take care of the sales and marketing, while jumping in anywhere I'm needed, including processing days and just about everywhere else.
The time is now for the island residents to have more options when it comes to making food choices. Every dollar you spend on food is a vote for what type of system you want to support and perpetuate for years to come. Your choices have profound impact on the community and local economy. Once you try how great farm fresh chicken tastes, there's no going back! I can speak from experience.