Homebuilder Leslie Ratliff (left) is working with farm manager Jill Bechtel to create a sustainable agri-community on her family’s Warren County, Ohio farm.
Jill Bechtel, farm manager at the new Aberlin Springs agri-community, is using a portable hen house, or “egg-mobile,” to produce eggs with free-range hens.
NO PETTING ZOO
Residents at Aberlin Springs are welcome to help care for farm animals if they want, but the animals are not meant to be pets, says Leslie Ratliff, the community founder.
Aberlin Springs currently has a flock of 128 free-range laying hens that produce eggs distributed through the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture.
Some of the children living at Aberlin Springs enjoy helping care for the laying hens.
Aberlin Springs founder Leslie Ratliff hopes to introduce more residents to rabbit meat.
Aberlin Springs homeowners each pay an annual homeowner fee of $850, which helps support the farm and gives them $850 of credit for meat, eggs, vegetables and other products offered by the Aberlin Springs Community Supported Agriculture.
FARM TO TABLE
The Aberlin Springs community promotes a farm-to-table lifestyle.
In addition to helping manage development of Aberlin Springs, Maureen McDermott is a painter specializing in farm animal portraits, which are displayed and offered for sale at the farm.