We wanted to extend a very special thank you to Great Day Farms, a member of the CCF Brands Family, for supporting The Farm this season. Great Day Farms has called Northwest Arkansas home since 1997 and they have been very active in supporting our community form the very beginning. It is within this spirit that we express our thankfulness for the opportunity to work with them on The Farm initiative. They are truly empowering The Farm to bring many critical pieces to life. Great Day Farm's investment in the "Pastured Laying Hen" project at The Farm will be providing a benefit to our community for many years to come, so we are excited to have their support during this critical building stage at The Farm. Great Day Farms involvement has moved The Farm's model forward in these key areas:
The Pastured Laying Hen Project is designed to study how establishing a steady rotational grazing pattern for the chickens will spreading manure to positively impact soil quality and fertility. This will reduce the need for fertilizers as the soil conditions will improve due to the presence of the hens.
Hunger Relief & Healthy Living
Eggs contain important proteins, minerals, and vitamins. In fact, egg yolks are one of few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. One large egg provides 6g of protein, which is 10% of the daily-recommended value of protein in a 2,000-calorie diet. Eggs are great way to ensure that our hunger relief efforts are proving a healthy pathway to healthy living.
Therefore, the eggs harvested from the hens will be donated to hunger relief efforts and sold at local Farmer's Markets to ensure the long term success of the project.
The Pastured Laying Hen Project is being executed in partnership with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Crop, Soils and Environmental Sciences and Great Day Farms. This is allowing The Farm to be used as a demonstration site for this University project but also for educational purposes that supports our pilot educational experience programs with local elementary schools.
Not only is this project critical to the success of The Farm, but it is a true reflection of the heart of CCF Brands as a company. Over the season, employees from CCF Brands & Great Day Farms have joined us at The Farm to work the land, care for the crops, and bring a broader sense of community to this initiative. We had the opportunity to capture some of their thoughts about The Farm.
It has been a true honor and joy to partner with Great Day Farms as we establish a firm foundation that will benefit our community for years to come.
Thank you Great Day Farms! Together we are building a stronger community!