The 12th program in the ORIGINS speaker series features a conversation with 3 local chicken farmers from Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.

Andrew McClean is the owner of Relief Farms, based in Queen Anne County, Maryland and recently converted his 350 acre chicken operation from conventional to organic and now sells over 900,000 birds to Coleman Organic, a division of Perdue.

Beau Ramsburg is the founder and co-owner with his wife, Cat, of Rettland Farms.  Beau founded Rettland Farm in Gettysburg, PA in 2007 and produces pastured chickens and heritage breed pork for direct sale to professional and home cooks.  Rettland Farm was recently certified by the USDA to process the Farm’s chicken under inspection by the agency.

Will Morrow owns and operates Whitmore Farm, a diversified, pasture-based livestock operation raising pigs, sheep and chickens in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Whitmore Farm emphasizes sustainability and specializes in heritage breed livestock.  Will’s goods are currently sold at area farmer’s markets, direct on-farm sales as well as select local restaurants.

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