Free Enterprise Staff  | March 18, 2016

Building a Business Around “You Are What You Eat”

During each week of Women’s History Month, we will honor a female entrepreneur who has made an important contribution to American society. This week’s feature is Diana Ambauen-Meade and her business, Scratch and Peck Feeds – a 2016 DREAM BIG Award Regional Finalist.

We spend so much time obsessing over what we eat, but what about what our animals eat? Standard animal food often consists of harmful ingredients— preservatives, chemicals, and grain fillers. In fact, very few feed companies produce organic, non-GMO food for purchase. We place such an emphasis on our own healthy diets, so why do we not extend the same to our four-legged friends?

Diana Ambauen-Meade saw this as a problem – especially for her chickens. After borrowing a cement mixer in 2009, Ambauen-Meade began mixing her own chicken feed in her backyard. She founded Scratch and Peck Feeds soon thereafter. Because of its unique composition, demand soared, enabling Ambauen-Meade and her son to swiftly transition their operations from the backyard to a full-blown feed mill.

By 2013, Scratch and Peck Feeds was the first Non-GMO Verified and Certified Organic animal feed manufacturer in North America. After nearly seven years in business, they employ twenty full-time staff in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to their original chicken feed, the company has expanded their offerings to turkey, pig, and goat feed. Still a family-owned and operated business, Scratch and Peck Feeds is committed to three pillars of sustainable business: planet, people and profit.