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Final Report SARE

Summary Integrated farm systems contribute to sustainability in multiple ways on the farm. The Coop House project attempts to integrate poultry production with winter vegetable production. The schedules are complimentary here in the midwest, so that these enterprises allow for year round income for the farmer. Indeed, they allow the sale of winter vegetable crops with chicken harvested from the summer season and frozen, creating the possibility for a mixed meat and vegetable CSA offered year round, which helps with continuity of marketing and customer loyalty. We did not attempt to offer a CSA during the time of this experiment, but may try one in the future as our farm gets a solid sched