The farm produces pasture raised eggs for Cascadia Cooperative Farms. Our flock consists of mostly Ayam Cemani chickens, originally from Java. These all black chickens lay cream colored eggs, and produce rich dark meat. We are currently building up genetic stock to one day sell breeding pairs of these birds for backyard enthusiasts. They are very charismatic animals with a lot of charm. In Indonesia, these mysterious dark fowl were known to be close friends with Death. Villagers would keep a cockerel in the front yard as a ward against the dreaded life taker. If mortality came to call, the bird would fast talk his friend into distraction, thus avoiding death in the house.
At the farm, our egg production is very modest, most are enjoyed by the inhabitant of the land, but some do go to local stores where the greater community can buy them. The farm is a producer for Cascadia Cooperative Farms, and Liz works for the coop as Operations Manager. Our hope is to create infrastructure, as well as aggregation for small farms, encouraging local production. We’ve got the support of King Conservation Districts, and King County, as well as help from countless established farms, like Goose and Gander, where our egg washing facilities are currently located.
Leafhopper Farm will continue to raise pastured eggs, and plan to expand into lamb production in 2020. Our chosen breed of sheep is Katahdin, a hardy hair sheep breed from Maine. These meat sheep will be pasture raised, helping to keep our land clear of blackberry, while producing numerous lambs. The animals are sold on the hoof- meaning you have to buy the sheep live. Then, we can butcher and wrap for you, and you are invited to participate in the processing. Contact Liz Crain firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.