Letter to the editor


A little late for Ag Week, but here we go. As I sit here tonight I’m reflecting on the situation I was in seven years ago.

I was working a job that I loved but was taking its toll on me. I was fortunate to work with great people and had the great honor to care for amazing people, but my heart was burning out.

I heard about an opportunity to farm for a new poultry company that was coming into the area. The hens in my care lay fertile eggs that are incubated and become broiler chickens. If you buy chicken in the store, it started as an egg on a farm like ours.

Fast forward to today, and we are two months into my fifth flock. I’m blessed to have a family that understands “bird time” when I go to bed some evenings before 8 p.m. and get up at 4 a.m. I’m also honored to have nine employees who take as much ownership in the health and wellbeing of our birds as I do.

The animals entrusted to our team are well cared for. They’re cage free, have lots of fresh air and clean water and are kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

We take great care in making sure our facility is well maintained and litter is handled and applied properly. The nutrients applied on the ground are produced by a natural and sustainable process. Before we apply any litter onto farmland, soil samples are taken to ensure that over application does not occur. Because it’s important to us to do the right thing for our animals and the environment.

The last seven years have been a challenge, but rewarding. I’m thankful for my community and neighbors for supporting my family and employees in this journey.

Jason Sherer, Pisgah