Situated a stone’s throw from the North River on a wide expanse of emerald land, insulated by centuries-old trees, Pine Grove Farm has been growing chickens for nearly thirty years. Farmer James built the chicken houses in the early 1990s, and Elsie joined him there when they married in 1997. In addition to raising organic chickens, they also grow corn, soybeans, hay, and most recently cows on their 190-acre farm. Their four dogs love run and play in the fields, keeping a watchful eye on things, and their three children, all of whom have full-time jobs of their own, help on the farm when their parents need them. They like growing for SVO because the relaxed density requirements mean a lower mortality rate and healthier birds, making chicken farming “fun again.” When they get a little time off from their farming duties, they like to visit family in Pennsylvania or warm up in sunny Florida for a few days in the winter. 

Lynda Bostrom