Egg Farmers and Environmental Stewardship

Published 2014 by eggs.ca.

Farmers know first-hand the interconnection between people and the planet. Across the country some egg farmers are using alternative energy sources such as small wind turbines and solar panels, while others are exploring new environmental practices to help reduce their impact on the environment. These farmers do their part every day to help keep the planet’s ecosystem healthy, while providing fresh, local, high-quality eggs to Canadians.

Meet some of Canada’s egg farmers that are doing their part to help protect our environment!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—Danny Guillemette and Hélène Claude

“Protecting our environment is very important to us,” says Danny Guillemette, a 1st-generation egg farmer in Quebec. Danny and his wife Hélène make every effort to minimize waste on the farm. Like many other egg farmers, Danny and Hélène, fertilize their crops with the hens’ manure. “We’re committed to reducing, reusing and recycling wherever we can,” explains Danny.

Wind Power—Glen Jennings

Glen Jennings is a 4th-generation egg farmer, and the first in Nova Scotia to operate a “green” egg farm. Bayview Poultry Farms, his 12,000-hen farm, has three wind turbines, each generating up to 2.4 kilowatts per hour. That’s enough energy to power 75% of the farm with renewable energy!

What does a “green” egg farm look like? Check it out in the video below:

A Good Neighbour Is A Green Neighbour—George MacLeod

George MacLeod  is a 5th-generation egg farmer in New Brunswick. He runs Maple Meadow Farm, home to 45,000 hens. The MacLeods want to make sure the land is left in good shape for future generations.

“We wanted to do something to leave the soil in better shape than we found it” says George. A few years ago, George launched a unique watershed management project on his farm. Today, this project has grown into a series of ponds located in low-lying areas of the farm that serve both as a habitat for waterfowl and a catch basin for any excess nutrients from hen manure recycled as fertilizer.  “We want to be good neighbors and friends of the environment,” explains George. “It feels good to give back to the land.”

Take a tour of Maple Meadow Farm in the video below:

Hens Help Too!—Carole Leeming

“Energy conservation and sustainability are an integral part of our vision for our farm and family,” says Carole Leeming, a 4th-generation egg farmer in Ontario.

The Leeming Farms is a little different than most Canadian egg farms—their hens like to stay up late, and sleep during the day. During the hot summer months, the hens are asleep during the hottest part of the day. In the winter, the hens are awake and moving around during the night when the lights are on, creating additional warmth on cold winter nights. “Technology allows us to manage the barn’s lighting, allowing us to ensure the hens are comfortable and improves efficiencies on our farm,” says Carol.

Respect For Community—Marc Ouellet

“Just as we care for the environment our hens live in and we provide them with clean housing, good food, and fresh water and air, we also respect and care for the relationship we have with our local environment and the community in which we live,” says Marc Ouellet, a 2nd-generation egg farmer in New Brunswick.

Marc’s farm is located in the watershed of his municipality. When he built new barns, he worked with municipal officials to ensure the local environment wasn’t negatively impacted.

“Our community is very important to us,” says Marc, whose farm houses a little community in itself, including a hatchery, pullet barn, and egg grading and packaging stations.

Learn about the journey of an egg and meet more Canadian egg farmers here.

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