You can’t do everything yourself, and if you try it’s not a great way for your team – in our case, our children - to learn. Getting the children involved in some of the more manual tasks has really helped not only to alleviate duties for us, but we were wanting our children to understand the mechanics of running a business and understand the traceability of how food is produced.
Sometimes they get frustrated with fitting in their daily tasks on the farm amongst school and sporting commitments, but I think they're really proud and enjoy contributing to the business. They get to write their name on the sticker that goes into the boxes of eggs. We frequently receive feedback and when a customer says, ‘thank you so much, Lucy, these are the best eggs I've ever tasted’, we observe the biggest beaming smile on their faces. I think that small reward helps at times especially when they're out in the rain, collecting eggs and moving the chicken house.