When Values Align: Finding the Source for Good

When Values Align: Finding the Source for Good

Sprout-Ferment Starter KitWe believe the small things that turn into big things make life rich.

When we set out to share education about sprouting grains and fermenting feeds, we realized we needed to develop a ready-to-go, easy-to-use kit that would make these heritage farming practices quickly achievable in a homestead or backyard environment. We wanted to make the benefits obvious and the technique approachable. What resulted was our Sprout-Ferment Starter Kit, which shows how easy it is to sprout nutritious, organic grains and ferment our wholesome feeds to get even more out of our quality animal food.

On the surface, sourcing for this product may seem easy. It’s a canning jar and products we already produce. Right? Right. But there was a bit more to it. We made sure the sprouting screens were produced from food-grade stainless steel, and we purposefully made a canning jar work because every homesteader understands the value of a canning jar. For the instructional materials, we queried and tested several sprouting methods for people and for animals, and we worked with regional farmers and a nutritionist to dial in the fermenting ratios best for our feeds.

Finally, we needed to determine how to produce tags for Days 1-2-3 that would make this a fun project and easy to track. We decided on wood tags, because wood is a durable material that reflects our commitment to Mother Nature. In our exploration, we discovered the impactful nonprofit North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center, Inc. (NEMROC) and their talents in woodworking.

We were intrigued to find a nonprofit that works in wood, so we dug deeper. Not only is NEMROC a nonprofit that works in a material we liked and made sense for our products, this nonprofit has been changing lives since 1968. NEMROC provides vocational, personal, and social development opportunities for individuals with disabilities, while engaging the community in working toward a common, positive goal. One of their main product lines is woodworking, and the breadth of their talents range from basswood blanks to boxes and crates to wood kits for building pollinator habitat. Yes, pollinator habitat.


NEMROC launched their Pollinator Project – another fantastic alignment with our mission work to protect all living creatures and expand organic farming practices. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (UFSFWS) has estimated that 75% of all crops are pollinated by insects and birds. NEMROC’s Pollinator Project cleans up and creates new habitat for butterflies, bees, bats, and birds by building homes made from – you guessed it – wood! Pollination by these animals is critical for seed and fruit production in about 90% of flowering plants, according to NEMROC’s website.

From the moment we approached NEMROC’s Executive Director, Dylan Kruse, about our project for wooden tags with chicken flare, he was onboard. He worked with us to develop the right size and shape for the tags. He ran prototypes and took photos. He was incredibly helpful, and it was a pleasure to work with his team on this project.

We started with the desire to create a meaningful product for sprouting and fermenting. Like so much of what we believe in at Scratch and Peck – animal welfare, regenerative agriculture, farmer education, using business as a force for good – we were surprised how working with NEMROC opened an opportunity to create much more than wooden tags. We’re proud of this partnership!


  1. Debra A Gibson January 13, 2018 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I would like to see an article on deep litter bedding in chicken houses.

  2. Patsy Trombley March 2, 2018 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Would I use the 3 Grain Scratch for sprouting beyond what comes with the kit? Starting what was in my Henny & Roo but want to continue sprouting!

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds March 5, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Hi Patsy, good question and yay to sprouting! For sprouting, the our best products are our Organic Sprouting Barley, Oats, Wheat, or Peas. Our Organic Barley was in the Henny & Roo kit.

  3. Vaniah May 1, 2018 at 4:00 am - Reply

    How do I get the sprouts from out of the canning jar? I’m struggling with pulling them out. But chickens love the few sprouts I was able to pull out for them.

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds May 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Hi Vaniah, how long were the sprouts when you started feeding them to your flock? The tendrils on the sprouts need only be an inch long, if even that. Take a look at the photos on our blog post about sprouting and see if that is what your sprouts looked like. If they get too long, they can bind up inside a small-mouth container, making them more difficult to get out of the jar. https://www.scratchandpeck.com/sprouting-for-feed-or-fun/. Let us know if that helps!

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