Ozark Natural Feeds is now 4 years old! We have been proud to be able to supply you with high quality organic feeds. Mike B, Farm & Garden Supervisor, explains how the Feed Store works and little bit of background information to help get you started. Keep reading to find out more!
Ozark Natural Feeds is 4 Years Old
Ozark Natural Foods Cooperative is proud to announce that we celebrating our 4 year anniversary of being in the business of selling organic chicken feed. Our first day of business was Wednesday, March 9th 2011 and we are still the largest distributor of organic feed in the state of Arkansas and surrounding regions of Oklahoma and Missouri! This has been an exciting venture for us and we are pleased to be able to provide you this service. It is an example of what makes a co-op a co-op—our store exists because our community has a need for certain products and services. We realized, from many of our owners, that our community has a real need for access to organic feeds, and with time and effort we were able to address that need. One of our owners (and also a local farmer) took the time to sit down with us and tell us about Thayer Feed, a business in southeastern Kansas that mills, sells, and distributes organic feeds of all types.
Next we took a trip to their facility to learn about what it would take for us to be able to sell feed out of our store. The owners and employees at Thayer were so helpful and knowledgeable that we were quickly able to come up with a simple, low-tech way to start selling feed out of the store’s basement. The feed is being delivered in 1 ton amounts; the truck from Thayer delivers it to our store as necessary and uses an augur to pour the bulk feed into 1 ton tote bags. Since the feed is being delivered in bulk we are selling it in bulk, by the pound.
How it works: Bring your empty containers (trash cans, metal drums, plastic buckets, etc.) down to our lower loading dock on the North side of our store; there is a banner and a posting of our business hours by the dock. We will place the container on a scale, deduct the weight of the container, and then weigh out the amount of feed that you need and load it into your vehicle. After that we will check you out right here in the basement. (Note: you do not need to be an owner to buy feed; it is available for sale for everyone.)
I would like to thank all of our customers for helping this store thrive over the years so that we can continue this unique service. We are constantly trying to expand our product line to support all livestock and other needs. As always, please feel free to contact me here at the store through email. firstname.lastname@example.org or call and ask for Mike B. in the Farm and Garden Department (479) 521-7558. You can also visit the Feed Store website: http://onf.coop/whats-in-store/ozark-natural-feeds/
Mike Brillhart, Farm & Garden Supervisor