Thursday, August 4, 2016
Sheila Taylor, Jim Rousseau, Mike Sencer, Brad Mitchell, Bob Beauregard, Henry Gillet, US Congressman Jim McGovern, State Senator Anne Gobi, Dan Galante, Raeanne Siegel, and State Representative Don Berthiaume
The Country Hens Open Their Nests To VIP Guests…..
The Country Hen, home of the Original, Organic Omega-3 Egg, was honored to host US Congressman McGovern, MA Sen. Gobi, MA Rep. Berthiaume, and other VIP guests on August 2, 2016.
Bob Beauregard, General Manager, and Jim Rousseau, Sales Manager, provided guests with a tour of the farm and sites of: The Country Hen’s expansion project and the renewable energy solar project. The expansion project, upon completion, will provide 3 new state-of-the art barns that will ultimately increase The Country Hen’s production in Hubbardston by 75%. When completed. The solar project will provide 100% of the energy needed for the main farm including all the barns, processing room, and feed mill.
The National Organic Program’s (NOP) proposed rule affecting changes to Animal Welfare in the organic system was discussed. In 2002, The Country Hen received organic certification utilizing a porch design for outdoor access. Over the past 14 years, organic egg producers have steadily increased their production with this design. During the tour of the porches, guests were given a detailed explanation of the benefits of the porch system. This included the ability to meet FDA egg safety requirements, practical manure management, disease prevention, and the reduction of exposure to predators and parasites.
Lastly, there was a discussion of November’s MA ballot question, The Farm Animal Containment Initiative. This would require that all eggs produced and sold in Massachusetts be from cage free production, which is the practice that The Country Hen has implemented since its’ inception.
For All of Us at The Country Hen, Kathy Moran
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
EMMA GUERTIN RECEIVES
THE COUNTRY HEN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 2016
The Country Hen farm is small compared to many egg producers but, despite our diminutive size, we are one of the largest employers in our quaint little hometown of Hubbardston, Massachusetts. Our founder, George Bass, has always seen to it that our farm actively and generously shoulders our civic responsibility to support our lovely little community in many and various ways. In the spirit of continuing this tradition for many years to come, George made a personal contribution to establish an annual scholarship for local students and The Country Hen matched his generous gift.
Emma Guertin is the very first recipient from Hubbardston to be awarded this scholarship. We all hope this award will help her build a bright and successful future. Hubbardston will be celebrating it's 250th anniversary in 2017. The town folks take pride in their agricultural history of orchards that produced a local variety of apple called the Nonesuch. There is an old saying born of this pride that people from Hubbardston are particularly fond of sharing: "Our roots grow deep". It is an agricultural community after all, and as such, it is very farmer-friendly. Although producing eggs is considerably different than producing Nonesuch apples, the town put forth a very warm welcome when George first considered starting up The Country Hen farm in this location back in 1988. We are very proud to think of this scholarship combined with our many other contributions to this community as nourishing fertilizer those "deep roots" need for spectacular growth that reaches not just into the sky but into the future as well.
Our General Manager, Bob Beauregard presented the award to Emma before the members of the town's Board of Education. Bob has quite the knack for public speaking and, in keeping with the town's appreciation for history, he made this modest little speech to congratulate Emma Guertin:
"In many cultures and belief systems dating back through the ages, an egg symbolizes the future, the beginning of life, good luck and prosperity. For some, an egg represents potential and a promise yet to be realized. The children of our community represent all of these much more tangibly. Emma, your achievements thus far are a great indication that you are a very good egg indeed. We are happy to award this scholarship to you with the hope that it will help you realize your full potential as you take these first steps beginning your journey into adult life. We hope you achieve a very prosperous future Emma, Congratulations!'
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The One and Only Esther Bonnie
We the chickens on the farm have heard rumors about some rogue rabbit taking all the credit for our eggs this time of year. Quite frankly, we are madder than wet hens over this outrageous claim. The girls have organized and nominated me as spokesperson to set the record straight once and for all.
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Esther Bonnie, spokeschicken for the girls. I would like everyone to know my version of how silly humans have mistakenly come to believe this ridiculous rumor about a rabbit. It is a simple case of identity theft. We can certainly understand how a human’s inferior hearing could misinterpret my name. It does sound an awful lot like the name attributed to that rogue rabbit. People need to understand, however, that it is impossible for rabbits to lay eggs. When next someone mentions this nonsense about an Easter Bunny, we hope you will correct their mistake so this rumor doesn’t gain any more momentum or start multiplying like rabbits.
Thank You Kindly,
The Country Hen
To learn more interesting and true facts about the origin of your eggs, please visit our new website www.countryhen.com. Take a virtual tour of the farm, check-in on our chick-ens and let us know if you think we should add anything more to make the website better. Let us know what you would like to see. We really do love to hear from our customers.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Season’s Greetings to all from the hens of Country Hen Farm!
The humans on this farm have dubbed me with the name Priscilla Bradford, of all things. I have been told my name commemorates some event in human history where people reportedly came to this country by riding on something called a Mayflower. I don’t believe a word of that nonsense though. Humans have the strangest imaginations! I have never seen a flower in any month that anything bigger than a bee could perch upon. So I believe this story is the same manner of fictitious nonsense that spurred the hullabaloo with Esther Bonnie’s name. Some poor confused human made up this fairy tale about riding a Mayflower as an excuse to give me a preposterously unpronounceable name! Have you ever tried to pronounce the letters “P” or “B” without using your lips? Now try saying the letter “S” without any teeth. There, now you can appreciate how difficult it is for chickens to say my name. It is quite a strain on the beak.
Esther Bonnie has asked me to cover some of her spokeschicken duties for her while she does some investigative research on another strange human phenomenon we have recently heard about. Something called “Holidays” whatever that might be. I must admit that I am not as well versed with translating human language into Chickenese as Esther is. She heard some of the humans talking about making egg nog and taking time off to celebrate a “long holiday weekend” and she was determined to find out what this is all about. She told me and the other girls that she was going to have to experience this first hand before she’d be able to explain what it is to the rest of us. I certainly hope she does not work too hard at this!
While we may not truly grasp much about human behavior, we do wish to share the festive spirit they eggsibit during this time of year. Naturally we strive to be poultritically correct in all things and so Esther has asked me to wish all of your humans glad tidings throughout the eggsentric eggstravaganza’s you celebrate even though we do not fully understand the meaning of Holidays we all hope you have very happy ones and that you and yours continue to enjoy our exceptional eggs in good health always.
Monday, September 21, 2015
I felt very privileged to have been able to watch Sergio working with the youngest of our little ladies as he welcomed them to their new home. Sergio spotted little Lonnie looking a bit lost in the big new space so he very carefully introduced her to the “Food Court” and showed her where to get a refreshing drink of water and where to find the constant supply of delicious proprietary feed we mill for the girls. Sergio shows the girls around and very gently teaches the youngsters where to find the privacy of the “ladies Nestrooms” to go into when they lay their eggs.
Chickens by nature are very skittish creatures that can be startled by just about everything. Sergio moves about the flock very slowly with the utmost care to keep from scaring the little ladies. He is checking to make sure everything is as it should be, and to make sure everyone is safe, sound, and able to find their way around. The chickens really appreciate his calm demeanor and serene guidance and we all appreciate the way he takes such good care to pamper and protect our feathered friends.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
TCH CELEBRATES ANOTHER EMPLOYEE MILESTONE AT OUR
RETIREMENT PARTY FOR ARTHUR HENRY
AUGUST 31, 2015
I have often considered my co-workers here at The Country Hen to be more like family members than co-workers. While it is true that many of us do work side-by-side with actual family members there is really not a defined distinction between relatives and co-workers while we are on the farm.
This past Monday we all celebrated Arthur Henry’s well-earned retirement from his position as a Driver. Everyone enjoyed a catered meal in the shade of the trees while reminiscing with Art about good times and wishing him all the best for his retirement years. Art’s story will be highlighted in an upcoming Farm News insert as a tribute to his many dedicated years with The Country Hen. We thank him for his great work, his devotion to the farm and for all the fond memories shared.
WE WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH ART AND WE HOPE
YOU ENJOY THE RIDE
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Passing Down the Torch
Young Michael Manisy is learning the tricks of the egg trucking trade from vested Driver Dave Viets.
The Country Hen family continues the traditions. Renette in our Accounting Department couldn't be more proud of her son's work with us during college breaks in our Processing Department. Michael is now moving up into a promotion to DSD driver under the fine tutelage of Dave Viets. The Processing Team misses him already but all wish him the very best in his new role in Sales.
Our Friend John was inspired by our exceptional eggs and our location in Hubbardston MA to write and send us this lovely poem. We really do love to hear from our customers!
Dear Mother Hubbardston,
I ate your tasty brown eggs.
They went down to my legs,
my eyes, ears and nose.
I now wonder and suppose
why I feel so good among folks,
and seem to tell so much better yolks.
Overall, you sure are a good egg!
Peekskill, New York State
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Dear egg buyer,
We are very pleased to introduce another member of our Country Hen Team:
I was born and grew up in a city called Gardner, MA. I joined the Boy Scouts of America at age 6 loving it so much I participated in this great organization for 12 years, proudly earning the title of Eagle Scout while learning great moral values, ethics and skills. I started working at The Country Hen right out of high school in the summer of 2000. I had originally applied for a part-time position collecting eggs on weekends to earn money to put toward my plan to further my education at The New England Institute of Technology in the coming semester. The Processing Manager on the farm at that time was a wonderful woman named Gail Dumas who took me under her wing (if you’ll pardon the colloquialism) offering me a Full Time position working on the processing line whenever I was on breaks from school. I considered myself to be very fortunate for this offer as the only work experience I had to offer from past employment was as having been a dishwasher at The Old Mill Restaurant. Gail believed in my potential and gave me the job. I completed my Associates Degree in Electronic Systems Repair then returned to full time work at the farm while I searched for a job in my chosen field of study. The economy took a heavy hit after the terrible events of 9/11/01 acts of terrorism threw our great country into such turmoil. Jobs in my chosen field of study became difficult to find, but as it happens I found my interests in pursuing a serious career in the egg industry to outweigh my former interest in computers. I give full credit for this life transformation to Gail Dumas who never stopped believing in me.
I worked in a wide variety of positions in processing to include packing cartons into cases, loading the machines, being a “Candler” for a short time and then became a machine operator learning the ropes as an apprentice of sorts under Gail’s patient guidance. A tragic accident robbed us of our beloved processing manager Gail and the General Manager Bob Beauregard promoted me to her position. Gail was the person who brought me into this great company, if it were not for her I would not be here today. Thank you so much Gail. I did my best to honor her memory as I took on what had been her responsibilities. Surrounded by fond memories as I worked was bitter sweet. I decided in 2005 to leave processing to take an open sales position. Jim Barry was happy to put me in the driver’s seat despite the fact that I was just a quiet, shy kid with no experience at all in sales. Jim molded me into a real salesman in no time, then before long I found myself being trained right beside him to take up his position upon his retirement. It has been an “eggciting” adventure these past 14 years with this great company. I feel truly blessed and will never forget my roots.
I give thanks to George Bass, the founder of this wonderful company, Gail Dumas for the doors she opened for me, Jim Barry for adding his support to my “routes” and everyone else here at The Country Hen for all of the hard work they do each and every day.
The work here is good, honest and rewarding in so many ways, but it is not without its humorous moments. One of my favorite true stories is an event that happened back when I was working in processing. I was walking outside when a car pulled into the parking lot, raced up to where I was standing and the very excited driver poked his head out to ask me “How many can I take?” Confused by the question I asked “how many what?” He replied; “Free hens” in a serious manner. I told the man we are not giving our hens away, the driver then said “But your sign on the road says “FREE WALKING HENS.” He was still quite serious until I explained that our sign meant the hens are not in cages. The driver looked very saddened and a little embarrassed. He rolled up his window and drove off without another word. Since then, we have changed the sign at the road to read “cage-free” hens to stave off any future confusion.