Breckbill Family Farm

Lancaster County, PA

David Breckbill grew up on his Aunt and Uncle’s Lancaster County farm where they raised hogs, cattle and crops. David worked on the farm during summers. He and Janelle grew up about 10 miles apart and met in their Church Youth Group. They have four children.

David explains how they got into egg farming. “Janelle’s parents wanted to keep their 38-acre farm intact and in the family and Janelle and I wanted to raise our children on a farm, so we explored a number of farming options.” “Eggs worked best for the small size of the farm. We built our first barn in 2008 and bought the farm two years later. Now Janelle’s mother and father live right across the yard.” David and Janelle built a second barn a few years later. They pack eggs together in the morning before David heads off to work, and then Janelle finishes up and cares for the hens. The kids help by walking the barn, checking on the hens and picking up any loose eggs. Between David’s job, income from the eggs and renting out the farm’s 30 tillable acres, they keep the farm together.

“I enjoy packing the eggs,” Janelle explains. “It lets me contribute to our income while being home with the family. And I like having the kids work with me. We can talk and stay close.” “I like walking through the barn in the morning,” David says. ”The hens make a happy noise. They really sing. You know by the noise when they’re happy or when something is wrong.” David and Janelle both enjoy camping and going to the beach with their family. Janelle also loves to read — mostly non-fiction biographies. “We love working with Pete and Gerry’s.” David adds.


Camping and going to the beach

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