Organic egg company The Country Hen is expanding its facility in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, and working toward completion of renewable energy project that would allow the facility to be completely powered by solar energy.
The company recently hosted a list of dignitaries to showcase its latest projects. Those dignitaries include U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, State Sen. Anne Gobi and State Rep. Donald Berthiamue.
The Country Hen is expanding its organic egg operations at the farm in Hubbardston. Upon completion, the facility will have three new barns that will enable the company to increase its production there by 75 percent.
The barns will utilize a porch design, which will give the hens access to the outdoors while still being protected from predators. The porch system also meets FDA egg safety requirements and affords the company a means for practical manure management and disease prevention, according to a press release from the company.
Company converting to solar power
While meeting with the public officials, The Country Hen also is working on a project to have its facility completely powered by solar energy. Once completed, all of the energy needed for the main farm, including all of the barns, the processing room and feed mill, will use 100 percent solar power.