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Zimmerman Family Farm

Union County, PA

Maynard Zimmerman left the farm as young man to build barns, but in time farming life pulled him back. He and his wife, Arlene, bought this farm as a place to raise their young family. They wanted their kids to grow up on a farm and learn to work. All six of his kids worked on the farm as they were growing up. In addition to poultry, Maynard had 43 milking cows. His sons helped with the chores.

Now, only 14 year-old Leah still works on the farm helping pack eggs and clean up the barn. “I sold off the cows when my sons moved off the farm,” Maynard explains. “They were not interested in dairy farming, and it was too much for me alone.” When Maynard bought this 60-acre farm, the poultry house was already there, but it had been used for broilers. “I started working with a breeder company raising breeder chickens and hatching eggs.

When that company went out of business, I switched to laying hens for Pete and Gerry’s. It was an easy change because I didn’t have to do much to the barn. Maynard is now on his seventh flock of 10,000 organics hens for Pete and Gerry’s. He also produces and sells hay. For relaxation, he enjoys deer hunting. “I like being my own boss, and I like working with animals. I’m going to do this as long as...

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