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kevin in shed CRW_7459_JFR - Version 2 - 2004-05-04 at 14-57-40 Discussing Predators Compost Details Kevin at the Booth Otis II

thought for the day:

organic = sustainable

what customers are saying:

I left Countryside for cheaper, "All-Natural" feed. When my customers started COMPLAINING about the taste of my eggs I came back to Countryside!

— Better Feed Makes Better Eggs, Better Eggs Make Happier Customers

Florida Feed Stores

I just returned from the Florida Small Farm Enterprises Conference.  It was good to see many of the people that we do business with in the great state of Florida. There was quite of bit of interest at the conference in Organic Feed and Soil Supplements, but I am sad to say that there was not a single feed store that I visited that was interested in carrying organic feed. The overwhelming response was that Organic feed is expensive and that there is not a demand for Organic feed. I was bothered by this but not disheartened. Many of the feeds stores don’t understand that, yes, organic feed is expensive.  You can not use the 100% mark up on goods that they are accustomed to. There is also a misunderstanding of what organic means.  A feed store in Ocala stated that all of their feeds where Organic except for their starter feed because it contained Antibiotics. He did not understand that there is more to being organic than Antibiotics in the feed. It is up to you to educate and demand organic feeds. Tell your supplier that you want your feeds grown with out GMO grains. You want feeds grown with out chemical herbicides and pesticides. And you want feeds grown with out the use of chemical fertilizers. If they won’t carry the feed, you may want to contact one of our resellers in your area.  This information can be found on our website.  If none of those people are convenient you may want to start your own buyers coop.  Please feel free to call me at the store to discuss this option.

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