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Title: Organic Pet Food
Post by: Ben Roberts on October 09, 2007, 07:03:13 AM
Hello, I'm an organic farmer in the state of Washington. I found my way to this web site through a friend. I have an certifed organic egg and dressed poultry business and sell at local farmers markets. I also process all of my spent hens into pet food, I use only the chicken meat no by-products, and nothing else added. For more information you can contact me at benroberts@imbris.net


Best Regards
Ben Roberts
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: lesliek on October 09, 2007, 11:27:29 AM
ben- Sounds good ! I wish I was closer to you & could try it.Good luck !
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 09, 2007, 01:28:33 PM
Ben, does that mean you can ship your processed pet food, either frozen or
canned? That would help those of us far away.
3cats
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: carolo on October 09, 2007, 07:33:35 PM
Ben, do you ever do any of the Farmers Markets in Portland?  I'm always in search of fresh, organic or natural eggs. 

And what is the honest definition of "free range" chicken?  Until recently I pictured free range chickens being kept the same way my grandmother kept her own.  They had freedom of hundreds of acres, more than they ever ranged about on, and then were put into the safety of the hen house at night.  They foraged around mostly in the orchard but also in part of the fields and especially in the flower garden.  They also got corn raised on the farm every day.  Those eggs were special.  When I visited as a child I always got to select which chicken was to be Sunday dinner.  As soft hearted as I am and such an animal lover as I think back on those days now, I wonder what delighted me so in selecting and catching the chicken, delivering it to my Granddaddy to literally chop its head off.  The chicken would then run around headless for a few minutes, and I'd then take it to Grandmother for her to finish turning it into Sunday dinner.  Wonderfully tender, tasty chicken always resulted.  They just don't make 'em like they used to as far as what I can purchase here.  I do select free range, hormone free, etc, but I wonder just how they are kept from hatching to market.  Have read that "free range" may mean free inside a barn rather than being kept entirely in a small cage.  Surely not all free range chickens fit that description.   I'd be interested in processed pet food if I could get it shipped frozen or freshly delivered to a local market.
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: Ben Roberts on October 16, 2007, 03:59:51 PM
Ben, do you ever do any of the Farmers Markets in Portland?  I'm always in search of fresh, organic or natural eggs. 

And what is the honest definition of "free range" chicken?  Until recently I pictured free range chickens being kept the same way my grandmother kept her own.  They had freedom of hundreds of acres, more than they ever ranged about on, and then were put into the safety of the hen house at night.  They foraged around mostly in the orchard but also in part of the fields and especially in the flower garden.  They also got corn raised on the farm every day.  Those eggs were special.  When I visited as a child I always got to select which chicken was to be Sunday dinner.  As soft hearted as I am and such an animal lover as I think back on those days now, I wonder what delighted me so in selecting and catching the chicken, delivering it to my Granddaddy to literally chop its head off.  The chicken would then run around headless for a few minutes, and I'd then take it to Grandmother for her to finish turning it into Sunday dinner.  Wonderfully tender, tasty chicken always resulted.  They just don't make 'em like they used to as far as what I can purchase here.  I do select free range, hormone free, etc, but I wonder just how they are kept from hatching to market.  Have read that "free range" may mean free inside a barn rather than being kept entirely in a small cage.  Surely not all free range chickens fit that description.   I'd be interested in processed pet food if I could get it shipped frozen or freshly delivered to a local market.


Hi Carol, yes I used to do the Portland Farmers Market on Saturday at Portland State University.

You know the honest definition of FREE RANGE, that is not always the case though. our chickens are truely free range, but today to be called free range they only must have access to the out-of-doors.

Our pet food is canned in 1/2 pint & pint size class jars. All returned jars are given credit for.

Best Regards
Ben Roberts
Rickman Gulch Farm
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: 3catkidneyfailure on October 16, 2007, 04:31:39 PM
Hey, Everyone:
Mr. Roberts was kind enough to reply via email that his chicken is
packaged in GLASS JARS. So could be shipped anywhere. I haven't
seen a price list, but I'm sure it can't be terrible.
3cats
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: Patsbeef on October 16, 2007, 04:42:43 PM
Ben,

Very Glad to see you here....You know me better as PPRM......I did not realize your involvement on the Poultry side of things. I am going to pass your information onto the Tri-cities folks I know. Likely, many know of you, but some are in a coop that goes to Vancouver to buy stuff.....

I get through your town occasionally and will call you....

Like I have said, I think we need to connect the farmer and consumer..Thier passion goes beyond Price and Profit. People have forgotten what real food is like to eat...

I have shared thughts with Ben on another forum and find him to be a person whose integrity I will vouch for,

Pat, aka PPRM
Title: Re: Organic Pet Food
Post by: Ben Roberts on October 16, 2007, 10:34:49 PM
Ben,

Very Glad to see you here....You know me better as PPRM......I did not realize your involvement on the Poultry side of things. I am going to pass your information onto the Tri-cities folks I know. Likely, many know of you, but some are in a coop that goes to Vancouver to buy stuff.....

I get through your town occasionally and will call you....

Like I have said, I think we need to connect the farmer and consumer..Thier passion goes beyond Price and Profit. People have forgotten what real food is like to eat...

I have shared thughts with Ben on another forum and find him to be a person whose integrity I will vouch for,

Pat, aka PPRM


Pat, it was your post on the other forum, that brought my attention to this one. I agree with you about the importance, of a connection between the producer and the consumer, I used to sell alot of my products wholesale, and was just another item on the shelf. Now I sell everything direct to the consumer, because, i'm not just another item on the shelf, I work too hard at producing a wholesome, healthy and nutritional product to just set on the shelf next to commodity agriculture, that has proven, they could really care less about their consumers. One of the reasons why agriculture, in general, is in the condition its in today, is because the farmers allowed a middle-man to step in between them and the consumer. I raise my own grain, grind my own feed, feed my own cattle and poultry and have a WSDA licensed processing facility on our farm. I believe in keeping things simple, everything is done by hand, the old fashioned-way so we can keep the quality, our consumers demand.


Best Regards
Ben Roberts
Rickman Gulch Farm
Pomeroy, Washington
(509) 843-1185