Lynn Thompson of Grace Valley Farm raises AWA laying hens on 20 acres in north-central Alabama, which she and her husband Michael purchased in 2005. Despite spending her early childhood on a farm in northern Louisiana, Lynn is still a bit surprised that she has since “come full circle” and now embraces “the idea of ‘slow food.’” Inspired by a desire to become more self-sufficient, Lynn and Michael began producing as much of their own food as possible. Grace Valley Farm is now home to a diverse garden and a small number of pigs, in addition to their AWA laying flock. As they continue their efforts to build up the infrastructure, including a barn, and improve the land, they hope to expand to other types of livestock as well.
The laying hens of Grace Valley Farm forage on open acreage every day. “Our feeding program is our main concern,” mentions Lynn. “We abstain from antibiotics and other unnecessary feed additives, and we use only organic, soy-free feed. But equally important is the pasture available to our birds. Rich, orange yolks are made on grass! Raising chickens this way gives us super healthy, beautiful, tasty eggs.”
When asked why she decided to join AWA, Lynn noted that she had been an avid reader of the quarterly AWA Newsletter. “I read about farmers that I seemed to have a lot in common with,” she says. It was the stories of their successes with the program that pushed her to apply, believing that the program could have a positive impact on their business and animal husbandry practices. “I hope that AWA will help us grow our farm in quality, consumers and possibly a grant to help us with our infrastructure improvements.”
Grace Valley Farm eggs are available for purchase on the farm, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (256) 476-4177 for availability.