Some people dream about traveling, winning the lottery or retiring in comfort.

Marybeth Otte has long dreamt about chickens.

“It was the fantasy farm in my head,” Otte said about her passion for creating a more humane way to raise chickens and sharing the farm-fresh eggs with the community. “About seven years ago I started to think I like chickens. They’re cute.”

The Plainfield resident started small, with five chickens last year, and enrolled in a farming class.

“I wanted to make sure this is what I wanted to do and that there’s a demand,” said Otte, a laidback single mom with a warm smile. “There isn’t anybody around here who does this.”

Originally posted by Cris Zimermann on June 23, 2014 in Ideas.


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