Greg and Katie Bomgardner met as kids in 4-H where they both showed pigs and steers. Katie grew up on their 42-acre farm in Annville PA where her parents raised beef and pigs. Greg grew up on a dairy farm just over the hill where he worked his father.
They bought the farm from Katie’s parents and put up their first 20,000-hen layer barn two years ago. They’re now on their second flock and are building another layer barn that will be ready next June. Greg works for the township during the day doing highway maintenance. He hopes that the second barn will allow him to give that up and work full time on the farm.
Katie manages the hens, and does most of the egg packing. In addition to egg production, they raise grass-fed steers and pigs and do some crop farming. “I have always been in farming,” Greg states with pride. “When it’s in your blood, it’s in your blood. I like being with my family, and the kids already help with egg packing.”
In addition to being farmers, Greg and Katie also juggle the same responsibilities as any family with three children. “We spend a lot of time with our kids. They’re big in 4-H, and we like to help them get ready for fairs and farm shows. We support them in sports, and they help out on the farm when they get home from school.”
Greg says he likes poultry farming. “I like collecting and packing the eggs. I get a lot of satisfaction seeing all the eggs in the cooler. I like knowing that I’m providing people with a good product. That’s what farmers do.”
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