Sustainable Farming Practices

Sustainable Farming —
The Glaum Way

In the early 1920's John Glaum started a small family farm in Alexandria, Nebraska. At that time it was almost unheard of for a successful family farm to be based entirely on egg producing chickens. But John chose to "put all his eggs in one basket" so to speak.

His use of innovative farming techniques was soon recognized as a "Model Poultry Farm" by local newspapers. Not only did John build his own chicken houses, but also eventually added a hatchery and feed mill.

In 1946 John and his wife Pearl made the move to California to follow their children and established Glaum Egg Ranch in Santa Cruz. John died in 1952 and his son Marvin took over and continued his father's legacy of innovation as he constructed, updated and modernized.

Inventive ideas and natural mechanical abilities gained Marvin wide recognition from the nation's egg industry. He designed and built gas powered engines, electric egg gathering carts and manure removal equipment, and side ventilation louvres for barn temperature control — which was featured in an article in National Poultry Magazine.

One of the greatest plans for continually "taking care of the community" was Marvin's idea of composting the tons of chicken manure produced annually at the ranch. In 1988, the Glaum Egg Ranch created a composting facility at the Aptos ranch and Glaum's Organic Composted Fertilizer was born.

Glaum 100% Organic Composted Fertilizer

When Marvin passed away in 2004, our family was faced with critical long term decisions about how to survive in the egg business which was increasingly dominated by conventional Midwestern factory farms that could house up to two million birds at a time. After much thought, we decided to follow in our father's and grandfather's innovative footsteps and compete with the conventional large-scale factory producers by converting to a 100% cage free farm and producing organic eggs.

The decision to go cage free and organic allows customers the choice between a cheaper industrial farm produced egg from caged birds trucked to their store from far away or a fresh, healthy, local family farm egg from cage free hens in recycled and recyclable packaging delivered to their store within 24-48 hours after laying. In Doug Glaum's words, "This is what our ranch is all about. We're not a specialty egg. We're a specialty ranch."

The support Glaum Egg Ranch has received from Santa Cruz County and California is a testament to both the farm's and the consumers' demand for a healthly, sustainable product produced with humane farming practices — a tradition the fourth generation of Glaum family farmers will continue.