Welcome to Farming By Dog Rump Creek!

Susan Schafers, egg farmer Let me introduce myself – my name is Susan.  I am a second generation egg farmer and a single mom of three healthy, wonderful (drive me crazy!) teenagers.  I have a passionate voice and am a proud advocate for agriculture.  Do you like to eat?  I do, and I love to cook and bake with fresh, local ingredients.  I’m always curious about where my food comes from, who grew it, how it was processed and how it ends up on the grocery store shelves.

Here on the blog, I’ll be talking often about my egg industry and all the different types of activities that happen on my farm.  I also have many friends who farm all sorts of things, from cattle and seed grain to dairy, potatoes and bees.  I learn from them every day and plan to share some of their insights as well.  While populations are growing, the actual number of farms is shrinking, so we need to be creative and adopt new technologies to feed the ever-growing number of people in the world, with a smaller environmental footprint.  Consumers want safe, healthy food that is produced ethically.  The question for us farmers and our industries, is how we can achieve that most effectively?  It’s an important question with many possible answers, and many factors to consider.

I am blessed to be able to farm with my family and a small number of dedicated employees, who keep the farm running 365 days a year; there are no holidays and shutdowns at STS Farms!  The hens keep laying and want to be fed, eggs need to be gathered and chores need to be done every day.Susan Schafers' egg farming family

This blog is an opportunity to explain what happens on an egg farm, how we handle our chicks and hens, and how our eggs end up in your kitchen. I hope to give you a glimpse into the workings of a family farm.  I want to answer questions about bird health, debunk some myths about agriculture, share some proud ‘Mom moments’, and also share some of my favorite egg recipes with you.

Please don’t be shy with your questions!  So, stay tuned for my next post, where I’ll introduce you to my family and my girls.