Recently, a group of individuals and families met in the Seneca Room of Hobart and William Smith Colleges to learn more about a proposed egg cooperative which would be the first of its kind in the Northeast. William Smith student Gillian Meade ’11 will undertake a Community-Based Research project this semester, under the direction of Professor of Economics Christopher Gunn, in which she will look at the economics of the cooperative and propose a fiscally sustainable model for its operations.
Organized and spearheaded by Geneva residents Jeff Henderson, a 2010-2011 Centennial Center for Leadership Leader-in-Residence, and James-Emery Elkin, the egg cooperative is a simple idea with broad and profound implications. The cooperative places care of approximately 30 hens in the collective hands of its members, who tend the birds in prescribed shifts during the week in exchange for a share of free range eggs.
Red Jacket Orchards, a family-run fruit and juice producer in Geneva, has pledged to provide the co-op with pomace, the fibrous remains of the juicing process. Roots & Shoots, a local chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute, will immerse itself in the co-op, as it complements their mission to guide children into becoming caring stewards of the environment.
Co-op members will begin raising chicks and building a coop in March, with the intent of introducing the chickens to the outdoors in May. Potential offshoots of the project include beekeeping, composting, alternative energy (solar and wind), rainwater catchment, organic gardening, and field trips for local schoolchildren.
For more information, please contact Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 922-1589.
The photo above features Gillian Meade.