About The Cooperative
Early Bird Farmer-members uphold an unparalleled standard of ethics and integrity acting as good stewards of the land and animals.
Early Bird Farmers Cooperative is a farmer-owned enterprise that was established by and for farmers to market certified organic and specialty eggs from pasture-raised hens that live in humane conditions.
In recent years, organic foods have begun entering mainstream markets, and at long last, humane organic eggs are within closer reach. At the same time, the natural foods market has become more commercialized and competitive.
Like many natural foods businesses, outside investors have taken majority ownership of some organic egg production companies, seizing upon growth in the sector with a goal of maximizing profits for investors while organic farmers and their communities feel the squeeze.
Members see investing in the co-op as building a legacy for their children and future generations....and we probably don't have to tell you the children absolutely love the hens!
The members of Early Bird Farmers Cooperative started meeting to identify shared solutions for common challenges faced by pasture-raised organic and sustainable family farms raising hens for egg production. They identified the co-op business model as a mechanism to cooperatively and ethically vertically integrate their production while diversifying and expanding their markets.
The Co-op bears the promise of bringing organic agriculture back to its roots, to live and farm with integrity and do business in a manner that is self-sustaining and respectful to consumers, farmers, animals and the Earth while ensuring that farmers get a sustainable rate of return for their eggs and that their rural communities are supported, invested in, and nurtured.