Over geological time, seeds have evolved a protective layer called the husk, or bran. The husk contains anti-nutrients like phytic acid, which bind with the carbohydrates within the seed until the conditions are right for it to grow. When met with water, soil, and sunlight, the husk breaks down into a catalyst for the seed’s carbohydrates to bind with nutrients from the surrounding biome. Protein, vitamin and mineral content is the most dense during the first three days of germination, because that is when the plant is taking in all of the building blocks necessary for it to thrive. As such, sprouted grains provide higher nutritional value while no longer containing the anti-nutrients that are otherwise toxic to the digestive tract.
It was a no-brainer to think that chickens who live according to their geo-evolutionary blueprint would naturally gravitate toward sprouted grain; and we have observed this hypothesis to be true. Carrying out the experiment has been simple: scatter whole grains around a regenerative poultry paddock, water lightly, and allow the grain to germinate for two-three days. Once the grains have sprouted, let the chickens into the paddock while spreading whole grains in the empty one. Time and again, we have watched the birds abandon their dry feed for the spouts.
The problem with feeding poultry sprouted grain is that it is not shelf-stable enterprise, and until now, the infrastructure has not existed to support it. Just like the rest of the regenerative poultry ecosystem, filling this gap presents many benefits and stacked enterprise opportunities. In addition to feeding chickens a more nutritious diet, sprouting whole grains avoids the costs and logistics associated with grinding. Higher demand for small grains opens up new markets and revenue streams for grain farmers interested in diversifying their production, as well as for grain elevators interested in serving them. As we work toward fully developing and systematizing a sprouted whole grain poultry feed regiment, it is our intention to scale the program as an ecosystem from the start.
Together we will reshape modern agriculture by building an ecosystem of agricultural businesses and individuals working together toward regeneration.