To sustain our Nutrition Program in perpetuity, we are building the San Marcos Organic Hen Farm Cooperative – the village’s first large scale hen farm.
We currently have 130 hens, and have begun supplementing eggs for our Nutrition Program with the eggs from our hens. The Farm will eventually sustain a flock of at least 1,000 hens and a small number of roosters, which will be used to hatch new chicks seasonally to maintain flock size.
Excess eggs from the Farm that are not donated to our Nutrition Program will be sold to the local community and businesses, and we project the Farm will become financially self-sustaining by January 2020.
The Farm will initially employ local women and operate under a Partnership Agreement with San Marcos Foundation. We will provide training and mentorship for Farm employees, and eventually transition into a women owned business co-operative. We anticipate this transition to take place over the first three years of Farm operations.
- Scaled up to a flock of 100+ hens.
- Flock began laying 5-7 eggs per week.
- Partnered with local cafes and restaurants to feed compost to hens to reduce feed costs.
- Hired first farm employee, Brenda Leticia.
- Recruited US and Guatemala based expert farming advisors.
- Received detailed construction and design plans from Guatemalan builder partner.
- Obtained metal food kiosk from which to sell eggs.
- Raise funds to construct farm including four separate coops, roofed outdoor run area, water and feed systems.
- Scale up to flock of 1,000+ hens.
- Obtain roosters to breed and maintain flock.
- Hire and train 4-6 additional Mayan women.
- Become financially self-sustaining. Donate some eggs for nutrition project, sell the excess to fund farm and future programs.