What's the difference between "pasture" chicken and grocery store chicken?

Pasture - Raised Chicken 

  • Full beak (no cannibalism)

  • Composting litter in brooder (sanitized through decomposition) 

  • No hormones or appetite stimulants

  • Clean air and sunshine  

  • Fresh daily salad bar

  • No injections when processed

  • Carefully hand eviscerated

  • Decentralized food system   

  • Manure adds nitrogen to pastures which enhances forage available for grazing beef cattle at Verdant View Farm


Conventional Raised Chicken

  • De-beaked (cannibalism)

  • Sterilized litter (sanitized through toxic fumigants and sprays)

  • Routine hormone and appetite stimulant administration

  • Air hazy with fecal particulate

  • No green material or bugs 

  • Mechanically eviscerated (prone to spilling feces over carcass)

  • Routine injections (tenderizers or dyes typically)

  • Centralized food system

  • Tyson does not help Verdant View beef cattle at all

Is there actually a Myer Hill? 

Yes. I grew up in a house on a hill on the street named "Myer Terrace". "Myer Hill" was coined when my mom made her Snapchat account (don't ask). Then when my dad began his structural engineering consulting business, he founded Myer Hill Enterprises, LLC. So how could I not use the name?

Why is your chicken more expensive than what's in the store?

The conventional meat production has created a highly efficient system which has accustomed all of us to inexpensive food. Not just chicken. The price of this chicken accurately reflects the costs of materials needed to sustain this project. Don't worry, I'm not getting rich off of this. Yet. 

May I come see the chickens?

Certainly! Please reach out to me through the contact form to set up a time. 

What is your morning routine?

Well, it starts with my rigid skin care routine. Then, it's lunch time. 

What do chickens eat?

In the shell before they hatch, they consume the yolk which sustains them until the next day. Then they eat a protein + carbohydrate mix of corn and grains. Once they move to pasture, they are older and can forage fresh grasses and insects. Eating this fresh material lowers their intake of processed feed but it is still an important component since they need a significant amount of calories to put on weight. 

Doesn't it bother you to eat the birds you've raised?

Killing the chickens that I tended to day and night for 8 weeks hurt a bit. But the miracle of life and death is that it is a cycle in which life can be found in death. 

As my family ate the 9 lb chicken together, Wendell Berry's words about eating were very present in my mind:

"The pleasure of eating should be an extensive pleasure, not that of the mere gourmet. The thought of the good pasture and of the (chicken) contentedly grazing flavors the (meat). Some, I know, will think of it as bloodthirsty or worse to eat a fellow creature you have known all its life. On the contrary, I think it means that you eat with understanding and with gratitude. A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one's accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes...Eating with the fullest pleasure — pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance — is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend."


Wendell Berry. The Pleasures of Eating. 

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429 Strasburg Road Paradise, PA 17562 (Verdant View Farm)



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