Chicken Lips Organic Farm
On September 2nd 2011, Kootenay Co-op staff members Joe, Anneke, Hazel, Marnie and Deirdrie paid a visit to Doug and Barbara Baxter at their farm “Chicken Lips Organic Farm” in Slocan Park. A terrific time was had by all.
It is unlikely any of us will forget the abundant mutual affection between the Baxter’s and their birds – true love! Barbara’s flower gardens and the seemingly countless other carefully tended beds, trees, and lawns were also memorable. “We love growing good food and our chickens are exceptionally good food because they are raised with love and appreciation!” Doug Baxter. Good food indeed. The CFIA inspector who is required to inspect every single bird let it be known that these were some of the best looking chickens he’d seen in his more than a decade of inspecting – and our taste testing confirms this!
The Baxter’s have been supplying us with chicken from their farm in Slocan Park since early June of this year fulfilling their retirement dream of growing good food for people. Doug’s 95 year old mother recently said to him “So, you are back to growing chickens – you were the one that always liked them as a kid!” Doug himself grew up on a farm and loved chickens from the start. He tells us he had Rhode Island Red rooster that followed him around like a dog in his earlier years and together Doug and the rooster patrolled the farm and kept the other chickens safe from weasels and other predators.
Chicken Lips Organic farm is T3 certified organic #79 through KOGS/COABC. It is considered 3rd year transitional for the single reason of the Baxters only having resided at their farm for three years – a mandatory 4 years must pass despite the land never having been used for anything other than residential purposes in the past. Chickens are only feed certified organic feed that is vegetarian and gmo-free.
Date: November 14th, 2011