Address: 10501 Fairview Cove Rd, Altoona AL 35952 / (256) 840-4994
About Us / Gypsy Ranch History: Produces Animal Welfare Approved chicken eggs \n\nOn-farm sales: please call first to confirm availability (256-840-4994) and come on out! \n\nAfter relocating to Alabama from Gulfport, MS in 2007 following Hurricane Katrina, Cricket and Kim began farming just one acre with the intention of producing enough food for their family to be self-sufficient. When they realized their little acre was producing far more than they could eat, the Adams started selling their excess produce at farmers markets. Now, they are growing produce on 10 acres and raising their AWA-certified laying hens on 16 acres of pasture for local farmers’ markets, stores and their CSA.\n\nThe Adams are proud to be raising their Rhode Island Red and Black Austrolorp laying hens according to Animal Welfare Approved standards. “It’s like if you had a kid. You want the best. Some people say they’re just chickens, but they’re our chickens. You want to do the best for them. You reap what you sow.” Raising their chickens outdoors and in a “chicken mansion,” making sure they eat well, watching them grow from birth and seeing the AWA auditor’s approval of the farm has been really satisfying for Kim and Cricket.\n\nWhile farm life is a lot of work, the Adams think it’s a pleasure to be able to bring the public onto Gypsy Ranch. They’ve invited school groups, families, camera crews and seminar attendees onto the farm to learn about sustainable family farming and they welcome the opportunity to keep learning themselves. They want to continue to improve their systems by learning from others and hope to expand their flock of AWA hens to be able to supply their local grocery store with plenty of eggs each week.\n\nDespite the farm’s growth, Kim and Cricket’s intentions have not changed—to make Gypsy Ranch a self-sufficient family operation. Their biggest helpers are two of their five grandchildren, Bella and Hunter, who already know the proper way to carry chickens and will continue to learn as their grandparents continue to improve the family farm.