- Jim Wilson
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We are Jim and Rhenda Wilson, we are in our 60s and live on land in west central Oregon bordering the South Santiam River. We are renting our land and home long term and use about 2 acres of the 40 acres we are sitting on. We have a dozen Delaware Layers, and a second batch of layers, Rhode Island Reds will start laying in February. There are 25 Rhode Island Reds of which three are roosters and when they get old enough will be processed. We have chosen not to have fertilized eggs. We also raised Freedom Rangers for meat chickens, processing 66 of them this month for sale and our own food. Because we live near the river, we have river rocks in our land and must use the broadfork to loosen the soil and remove the rocks by hand. It is a long process. Last year we only had two 4 foot by 40 foot beds. This year we hope to have twice or three times that many. Eventually we want twelve 30 inch by 60 feet rows.
We have chosen this lifestyle so we can provide our own food through gardening and raising eggs and meat. Jim caught his first 27-inch steelhead this last summer. We have networked and found sources for grass-fed lamb, beef, and pork. We are still searching for a good source of Raw Milk but use milk from a wonderful Jersey farm near Portland. He uses the Pasteurization system where it is minimally pasteurized so the milk still has the enzymes necessary for digestion of lactate. It is also not homogenized so there is cream on the top.
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