Historically, chickens on a farm – freely pecking and scratching around vegetable gardens and crops, contributing to soil fertility – is not a new concept. However, there is little scientific information for justifying this potential. A UC Cooperative Extension launched a research project to quantify the potential for chickens as part of commercial organic vegetable production. This California trial is part of a new national effort to diversify organic vegetable farms with chickens. Read more in this article from the University of California – Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Some people believe chickens that graze and eat grass taste better and are more nutritious. It will be part of the study to look at the chicken’s meat quality.”– And there’s the question of how to reward farmers like organic growers who are already using these methods. Mark Isbell, an Arkansas rice farmer who has reduced emissions, says he is worried about creating ‘perverse incentives.“Faye Duan, a leader of the California project