Islote Farms ||Capay Valley
Islote Farms Background Information:
Our farm, located in the Capay Valley just west of Sacramento, was originally a dairy built around 1917 to supply milk to the local community. My wife and I bought it five years ago after it had suffered several years of neglect. Since then, we have been restoring it to a working farm. We chose to take advantage of the pasture and existing irrigation system to grow value added products, eggs and grass fed beef, that fit the farm's potential as well as a growing demand for food from community based, sustainable farms.
Animal well-being is a priority on our farm. Our hens live in the green pasture and spend the day dust bathing, scratching and eating bugs and pasture grass. Each group of chickens has their own house on wheels with perches, nest boxes and wire flooring that we move about 30 feet every day to fertilize the pasture. At night, as soon as all of the chickens are in their house to roost, we can close the ramp to keep them safe. We also have a llama that stands guard while they sleep the night away
Right now we have 1000 chickens in the pasture with 200 more chicks in our nursery. My full time job is caring for the hens and chicks, cleaning, grading and packing the eggs and marketing the eggs. The hens are thriving and get excited when I check them several times a day. You will commonly find 50 of them following me around the pasture as I do my chicken chores. My wife is a veterinarian that works for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, so chicken health and food safety remain a priority at our farm. We are fully compliant with all egg food safety and marketing laws and regulations and are an approved source for retail and restaurant customers.