Atlanta Real Food is run by the Atlanta area chapter leaders of The Weston A. Price Foundation. Here you will find the latest news from local farmers, get information on how to properly prepare real foods, and stay up to date on local events.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Carlton Farms Newsletter 3-5-18

Delivery News
REMINDER: Order deadline is Noon the day before we deliver:
  • Egg supply is still low, but getting better as the weather improves. I would still recommend placing an order if you plan to get eggs. 
  • If you have tried our home delivery service already, thank you. If not, what are you waiting on. We will literally place your order right on your doorstep. We are continuing to improve our packing processes and becoming more efficient week by week. As more customers sign-up, our routes become more populated. As the routes become more populated with customers, we can deliver more efficiently. Once we reach a critical threshold of customers, we will be able to make the home delivery proposition even more attractive. In fact, we have already been working on ways to make home delivery an even more amazing value. You will absolutely love the next set of features. Help us be able to launch these new features soon by becoming a Home Delivery customer today. 
  • Home Delivery Feedback: If you are a home delivery customer and have any feedback on how to improve that service, please reply to this email. we appreciate any and all feedback. Let your voice be heard while we are in the process of evaluating potential changes.
FarmFan: Get Text Message Reminders and Receive Rewards.
As one of our Farmfans you are able to receive text message reminders, both to place your order and to come pick-up your order. You will also have the ability to check-in when you pick-up. As you accumulate check-ins you will earn rewards such as Grocery Bags, T-shirts, Discounts.

On the Farm

Our first broilers of 2018. Enjoying the heat of the brooder and the new water system. 
Chirp Chirp:

Sometimes I feel like I leave out some of the smaller farm life details that make life here so interesting and challenging. Pictures of all the cute baby animals and beautiful lush grass pastures are all good, and more of those are sure to come this spring.  This post however, is of a more practical nature. We brood a few hundred chicks at a time. The above picture is one layer, of four. So, theoretically we could brood 800 chicks at one time. Realistically we rarely have over two or three levels full at any one time, so 400 to 600 chicks at one time is somewhat normal.  We designed and built this stacked brooded space a few years ago and they do a great job at protecting the chicks and keeping them warm. One thing that has been a challenge is the manual watering of this many chicks. It is a overwhelming job, and one that is hard to get consistently right. Our old way was to use several of the one gallon fountain drinkers like the one in the distance pictured above. The down side of this type is that they are very labor intensive and are prone to leak if not perfectly level. We are not against hard work, laboring on the farm just comes with the territory. We specifically do not mind a little extra work when doing something by hand makes for a better final product. However, in this case the hard way did not improve the welfare of the chicks. In fact, when the water fountains leak they cause wet bedding and empty waterers, both of which reduce the welfare of our little peeps. So, I set out to find a solution that would be better for the chicks and easier on the humans. What I landed on is a custom designed gravity flow drinking system. The system pivots at the top, so it can grow with the chicks as they grow by adjusting the chains in the picture. The nipple drinkers are custom placed on a short section of pipe, and fitted with the red chick drinker cups  to accommodate the baby chicks and prevent leaking. The whole system is fed via gravity from a barrel on top of the brooders. This barrel has a float valve to prevent overfilling. 

So there you have it. The problem was identified. A creative solution was formulated, designed, and implemented. Life is better for both farmer and animal. 

We are constantly sharing the goings on at Carlton Farms via our social media pages. Become social with us on:  

instagram  @carltonfarm
Twitter @carltonfarm

Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.


Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms
Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153
Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact