White Fox of Freestone is a small 6 acre farm located in Sebastopol, California. Farmer and veterinarian, Nancy Walters, began growing organic blueberries on her land in 2009. Having raised chickens since childhood, she knew that introducing a flock of laying hens to her fields would benefit both the berries and the birds.
The pasture-raised flock at White Fox is a mix of different breeds, with Americana, Anacona, Buff Orpington, Wyandotte, Austrolorp, Campine, and Rhode Island Red hens, providing a regular supply of white, brown and even blue-shelled eggs. The chickens enjoy pasturing among the 400 or so certified organic blueberry bushes, with shade from the summer sun and access to a diverse natural diet of insects and seeds. In return, the blueberries benefit from the manure that the chickens deposit, as well as the natural control of insect pests that the birds provide. “It’s a commensal relationship,” says Nancy.
“As a veterinarian, I feel it is very important that the care of the animals that benefit us remains a priority,” explains Nancy, when asked why she chose Animal Welfare Approved to certify her hens. “I also understand the relationship between providing a non-stressful environment and the health of animals. I think it is important to educate others about where their food comes from and the environment in which their food was produced. Consumers have a right to understand and be informed.”
Nancy’s AWA-certified eggs are available at Woodruff’s Artisan Foods & Café in Sebastopol.