One Community feels that modeling ethical and humane animal stewardship is essential and for The Highest Good of All in today’s world of diverse needs. We anticipate many cultures and communities globally and for the predictable future will either need or choose to use animals as food and/or raise them for their other byproducts. With this in mind, we see an opportunity for One Community to demonstrate Highest Good methods of doing this. Our team which consists of vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores, has elected that the omnivores will be raising chickens for eggs, some meat, and to use their manure as fertilizer. We approach this process with respect, gratitude, and love for these creatures and will be expanding this page with our open source collaborative efforts and experience once on the property.
Chickens have been chosen for their eggs, meat, and because they produce manure that makes fantastic fertilizer. After much research, the first chickens we have chosen to raise are the Russian Orloff and the Black Jersey Giant.
We chose the Russian Orloff chickens first and foremost because they are a critically endangered chicken breed. Although Russian Orloff chickens are not as famous for egg laying as some other heritage chicken breeds, they do lay large off-white eggs regularly and year-round. They are extremely cold resistant and considered “dual-purpose” chickens because they are considered a good choice for eating. They are also beautiful chickens that The Spring Hill Heritage Poultry Conservatory describes as looking like “eagles” and “hawks” due to “their upright carriage and the unique shape of their beaks which seem appropriate for a raptor and not your typical backyard chicken… Orloffs also have a lovely feathered feature around their face called a “muff.” Even as chicks they seem to have a kind of “royal” presence as if they are the counts and countesses amongst the barnyard flock.”
Black Jersey Giants are a very large chicken that lay eggs more frequently than most. They originated in the 1880’s from crossing Black Javas, Dark Brahmas and Black Langshans, and they are also cold resistant. As a breed, they are very gentle and friendly. The Black Jersey Giant chicks tend to mature slower than other breeds due to their size. For the first 6 months, they are primarily growing their skeletons to support their adult weight. At six weeks, they are about the same size as other breeds, but from there you can perceive that they are getting larger. At about 4 months they are gangly and kind of thin, but by 9 months they have started filling out their muscles. Jerseys reach their full adult weight between 18-24 months. Roosters have a deeper crow than other breeds that has been described as “impressive the first time you hear one.” Hens lay large to extra-large brown eggs that are pale cream to dark brown in color.
Raising and harvesting chickens ethically is essential. This will be handled exclusively by the people choosing to eat eggs and chickens so that respect is paid to the preferences of non-participation for vegans and vegetarians. The lives and deaths of animals will also be handled with respect and gratitude. As an example (we may do this differently), here is a video of someone we consider respectful of the animal who’s life she is taking: Click Here for YouTube Video (beware of content, there is blood).
Once on the property, One Community will be open source project-launch blueprinting the complete process of taking care of chickens from purchasing to harvesting and every detail in-between. We will be doing this so that people with zero prior knowledge will be able to raise chickens and integrate them into their own individual lives or as part of the One Community complete open source self-sufficient teacher/demonstration community, village, or city model. The resources we will be providing include:
Q: How does the raising of animals fit into your Highest Good for All and Earth Stewardship Philosophy?
Our Highest Good for All Philosophy is non-dogmatic and supportive of diverse viewpoints (and diets). We recognize humanity will most likely and for the foreseeable future continue using animal products and we believe it is in the Highest Good to demonstrate the most ethical methods that we can for doing this. In areas like this where some ideologies may prefer a 100% vegan or vegetarian organization, we do our best to communicate what can be expected on the property so people can choose whether or not that fits with their own desires.
Q: How is your raising of chickens in the Highest Good of chickens?
We feel that humanity’s dietary needs and desires will stay diverse for the foreseeable future. Because of this, we see that demonstrating a process of reconnecting people to their food, the process of raising and caring for animals, and sharing and spreading ethical and humane animal husbandry that treats the animals and the entire process with respect, love, and gratitude is beneficial to animals being raised for food around the world.
Q: I’m vegan/vegetarian, will I have to participate in killing or eating animals? Will animal parts be cooked with my food?
No, you will not have to participate in any part of animal husbandry that you don’t want to if you are not using animal products. Additionally, all vegetarian food will be prepared separate from animal foods and all animal food waste products will be placed in a separate receptacle and handled by omnivores.
Q: Who will be processing the animals into food and other byproducts?
Omnivore pioneers will be responsible for handling this. We believe that part of ethical animal husbandry starts with education and awareness, and that it is the Highest Good of all life on the planet for humans to be educated and aware of the process the animals go through to become food and other byproducts. Our values model is also one that includes the aspect of not asking someone else to do for you what you yourself are not willing to do. With all of that in mind, we have elected to have ALL members that will be consuming animal products participate in the entire process of the animals’ lives, from birth to table. Yes, that means that if you plan on eating meat at One Community, you would be expected to assist in processing that type of animal from beginning to end, including ending an animal’s life, at least one time. (For children, the parents will help determine the age and level of participation of processing.)
Q: What if I do not ever want to participate in processing animals or animal products?
Only those who have elected to participate in eating or using a specific animal product will be asked to participate in processing of that animal or its byproducts. Vegan community members will not be asked to partake in ANY part of the animal life cycles. This also means that if no one wants to process a particular animal (or any animals), we will then agree on a different sustainable source of food for our community.
Q: Will you be using hormones and/or antibiotics for any of the animals?
No, as a practice and a policy we will not put anything on or in our food (plants or animals) that we would not want to eat.
Q: What if I really want to be a part of One Community but I don’t agree with raising animals for food?
Our Pioneer Member, Jessica, is vegan and here is her personal statement: “As a vegan, I personally chose to remain a pioneer member even after the food choices were updated to include chickens and rabbits. For me, the larger global vision and benefits of One Community outweigh the food choices of some individuals. Additionally, I believe that being a vegan at One Community will be an opportunity to educate and demonstrate to pioneers and our visitors how to eat a plant-based diet properly and sustainably. This potentially could lead to plant-based dietary choices growing exponentially worldwide. I believe if I chose not to be a part of One Community, there would be less plant-based food knowledge to share with the team and the world. Because we respect diversity at One Community, I know that I will not be asked to participate in ANY part of the animal to food process personally, and that the animals will have a very comfortable life because of the high level of love and attention they will receive from the other pioneers.”
If our model does not suite you, you may want to instead consider joining us as a Satellite Member (click here for the Invitation Form), consultant or partner (click here for the Consultant’s/Partner’s Page), and/or just follow our progress. We expect other communities will follow with different views on these issues and we will happily be promoting the success of those that are part of the open source and free-sharing network of teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that we are helping to create. Here are the best ways to follow our progress:
Also, the objective of One Community is to build living blueprints open source so everyone can then use them for duplication in whatever diverse way suites their needs and desires. If you feel like you’d like to see a different version of One Community, we invite you to embrace the task of working with us and using everything we’ve already created to form another iteration of this idea, with a new set of rules/policies/guidelines. That way you can attract the people who share your values and thus like your rule sets, which provides another for The Highest Good of All option with a potentially totally different approach.