Mountain Bird is the first state-licensed pastured poultry operation on the Western Slope. In 2012, after realizing that city life wasn’t my calling, I fled for a change of pace. After dropping out of college, I explored agriculture through WWooFing, internships, and jobs at different farms nationwide. I learned what worked for me (and what didn’t) before deciding to branch off on my own.
In 2015, we breathed life into Gray Acres, boasting 100 chickens, a few milk goats, and some strawberry plants. As we grew, so did our needs. With a little seed money, encouragement from our mentors, and a new partnership with Ben Gillespie, we launched Diamond G (the earliest iteration of Mountain Bird). We championed rules through the state to allow for the sale of poultry, and fought for conditions that would provide a safe and clean environment for the birds. Together, we built the first licensed poultry processing facility on Gray Acres.
Years later, after trial and error and lots of learning, the business shifted. Ben left to start his own family, and we established Mountain Bird.