Our All Natural Fertilizer
This Ain’t No Ordinary Shit
Our Farm’s Choice fertilizer is all natural and organic. We are ethically produced and mindfully made for farmers like you who want the best possible product for their land, for our land. Our fertilizer comes from Hickman’s Family Farms hens, raised and cared for in rural Arizona. In an effort to conserve resources and eliminate waste, Hickman’s is able to produce a unique, unmatched fertilizer—so whether you own 10,000 acres or a 10×10 planter, let us help you grow something beautiful.
The Farm's Choice
Fertilizer for Farmers—professional and recreational.
Products for Agriculture
Top priority and most importantly, Hickman’s Family Farms takes superior care of their hens. With a team of nutritionists, Hickman’s ensures their hens have a well-balanced, nutrient rich diet that is high in calcium, giving our fertilizer a great advantage over other manures even other types of chicken operations fertilizers. These products are suited for use in all aspects of agriculture, from large farms to urban farmers, organic and conventional—all have had great success using The Farm’s Choice Fertilizer products.
At The Farms Choice, careful attention to detail and proper moisture monitoring are applied in creating a 3/16” sized pellet ideally suited for application to a wide range of crops. AG pellets are available in a several analyses- 4-2-2, 6-2-2, and 8-2-2 all with around 8% calcium for greater soil and plant health. Every lot of manure is tested for nitrogen levels before and after processing and complete analytics are run at the end of every processing day, including pathogens. As with our heat treated product all of our AG pellets are OMRI and LGMA certified. AG pellets spread very easily thru most types of spreaders making this product a great choice for pre or post planting and side dressing row crops.
This is a non-pelletized or “crumbled” product that has been screened and run through our rotary dryer to achieve “pasteurization” that enables us to eliminate harmful pathogens. These products are spreadable and break down easily with moisture. Our Heat Treated products are OMRI certified and are ideal for pre-plant applications on crops ranging from leafy greens to grapes. The Farms Choice Heat Treated Products come in a wide range of sizes from 50lb bags to Bulk and are available in 4-2-2 or 6-2-2 analysis.
The Farms Choice is pleased to now offer an OMRI certified liquid fertilizer product to the market. Coop Juice is somewhat unique as it is not a typical “tea” product. This product is produced by “water screening” the dust that our rotary drier, which makes our heat treated products, creates. The liquid is essentially a brewed product and retains all the effective properties of chicken manure but in a rapidly available form. Conventional and Organic farms have found this product to be very effective and economical to apply. It is currently being used on nearly every conceivable crop from alfalfa to fruit trees, again both conventionally and organically farmed. Coop Juice is a product to consider as an every application product or as a great supplement to your fertility program. Coop juice is available in 250 gal totes or in bulk tanker loads.
You may also know it as “Chicken Litter”. The Farms Choice makes this product available in screened or unscreened lots. This is not your grandma’s “wet, hot” chicken manure. We windrow and dry this product, constantly monitoring moisture, temperature, and nitrogen levels to insure, and truly, as our website title page says-“this is no ordinary shit”. Loads of screened or unscreened material are at optimal moisture levels and you won’t be paying for wet heavy product. Both products are easily spread with a commercial spreader or spreader truck and provide a very economical product for both organic and conventional farm applications. DCM is generally available in only bulk loads.
The Farms Choice produces a premium compost for use in various agricultural applications. Although the product is not OMRI certified we can provide you turning records that will verify that it complies with accepted composting standards and it is LGMA approved. The compost is approximately 80% DCM and 20% green waste making it heads and shoulders above dairy or cow manure in nitrogen and necessary elements for soil health, as well as lower in salt and weed content. The Farms Choice Premium Compost is available in 50lb bags and bulk loads.
The Farms Choice Poultry Meal is a 10-0-0 product in a fine meal consistency. Poultry meal is manufactured at our on site, in house, Protein plant from processing our own chickens. This product is OMRI certified. If you’re looking for one of the highest Nitrogen levels that can be found in organic products, this is a good fit for you. The combination of all organic product is what attributes to the especially high Nitrogen content– this product will give you month of slow released nitrogen for long lasting even growth. Poultry Meal is available in Totes and Bulk.
Products for Turf
The Farms Choice Fertilizer Company is proud to provide a line of fertilizers that are ideally suited for turf care. Our products are effective and affordable for all turf applications from golf courses, parks, ball fields or any turf areas large or small. Our products are suited well for your regular fertility program, at over seeding, during renovation or grassing in, transition, and or aerification. If you are having problems with moisture retention, nutrient uptake, or compaction/trouble in filling- we have a product that can help restructure your soil profile and help reduce your water and fertilizer expenses. It has been said: “Carbon is the new nitrogen”!
We take great care in producing a 1/8” pellet ideally designed for turf grass use. The size allows the pellet to fall through the grass canopy with ease. We also treat our Turf Pellets with Anise oil for masking the scent. You will find this gives the product a slight licorice small when applied and the overall odor should be dissipated in 2-3 days with regular watering. The Farms Choice Turf Pellet is available in many sizes from 50lb bags, 500lb, 1000lb, and 2000lb totes and bulk to fit the needs of your project and or type of equipment. The 4-2-2 analysis with 8% calcium will help build your soil profile and give you a slow even release of essential nutrients, allowing your turf to grow at a steady even pace for several months without a spike of growth and increased mowing activity. Turf Pellets are ideal for regular fertilization or any other turf application, year round.
This is a “Crumbled” product that is particularly good at time of aerification . Due to the fact it is not in a pellet form it will also cover a little better and you will get faster breakdown and availability. The product is easily spread and is very cost effective. Heat Treated is available in 4-2-2 and 6-2-2 analyses. We offer the product in various sizes to meet your needs from 50lb bags, to totes, to bulk deliveries. This product can also be effectively blended with sand or gypsum if you are topdressing, leveling, or applying other bulk products for great efficiency.
If you’re looking for the most economical product for your turf needs this would be it. DCM – Dehydrated Chicken Manure, is a 4-2-2 product and is the base product from which our Pellets and Heat Treated are made from. You can purchase this product screened or unscreened and the price is based accordingly. This is also a great product for blending with gypsum or sand to get a two for one application, particularly good at over seed and or aerification. DCM is available generally only in bulk loads.
The Farms Choice’s newest product offering is this liquid. If you’re looking to supplement your fertility program or want an economical “every day” fertilizer this is it. This product can be injected or sprayed and certainly can reduce your labor costs. We can deliver in 250 gallon totes or by tanker depending on your storage ability. Coop Juice is 100% liquid chicken manure derived from water screening our heat treating process. It is safe, affordable, and instantly available for uptake by turfgrasses. This product is a great for year round use.
The Farms Choice Premium compost is comprised of 20% green waste and 80% DCM. We closely monitor turning schedules, moisture, and temperature to create a “true honest” compost. If you have thin or bare spots or want a great product for overseeding, filling in, or new planting. The Farms Choice Premium Compost is a great product for your turf application. Our compost is available in 50lb bags or bulk loads.
Products for Lawn & Garden
The Farms Choice is proud to be a provider of great organic products for the home gardener and landscape professional. The same great care and products used by organic farmers, golf course and turf professionals are available in several offerings and sizes for the lawn and garden user.
These consistent high quality pellets are ideal for use on any type of landscape tree, shrub, or vine. They are also ideal for the home vegetable garden and are OMRI certified and safe to use on all edibles. AG pellets can be used pre plant or after planting in vegetable gardens, they are great for use on fruit, nut and citrus trees, and your shade trees will love them too. Available in sizes for any size garden or landscape – 15# tubs, and 50lb bags. You’ll find this product to be one of the most affordable organic fertilizers on the market.
The Farms Choice Premium compost is a great product for getting that vegetable or flower bed ready to plant, planting new trees, shrubs, vines, or rose bushes or for adding to the top of any garden area or tree well.TFC Premium Compost is an ideal product for use as a seed cover for your new or over seeded lawn. Manure from laying hens is virtually weed free! Our Premium compost is a blend of Dehydrated Chicken Manure and green waste so it is a renewable product that is good for the environment and your garden. Premium compost from the Farms Choice has been carefully monitored for following strict composting protocols and is certified by LGMA – the Leafy Greens Marketing Association. Safe to use around and in gardens and pets, good for the environment, and your plants- it is a win win product! This product is available in 50lb bags and bulk deliveries for those large landscape projects.
If you’re looking to have the greenest lawn in the neighborhood and save money- this is it! The Farms Choice Turf Pellets are used by golf course and turf professionals all over the state. They trust our product to give their turf a championship look and help them save water, and cut down on how often they have to mow- saving labor and wear and tear on equipment. You can reap the same benefits as the pros by using TFC turf pellets. This is one of the most affordable at about 1 cent per square foot per fertilization. The pellets are treated with Anise oil for odor reduction which will make your neighbors especially happy! Available in a 4-2-2 analysis in a 50lb bag- 1 bag will fertilize up to 2000 square feet of turf and you’ll see results for several months without having to mow any more often- unlike many conventional fertilizers! It’s easy to spread with a hand held, cyclone, or drop spreader. Easy to use, easy on the environment, and easy on the pocketbook- you can’t go wrong with The Farms Choice Turf Pellets.
The Farm’s Choice Farmers
Together We’re Growing Something Great.
Meet Ed Curry
Ed Curry is a fourth-generation farmer in Pearce, Arizona. Of Curry Seed & Chile Company, Ed continues the farming that his grandfather and great-grandfather started in Oklahoma before him. Though the name may deceive you, the Curry family farms much more than just chilies—they grow beans, watermelon, corn and of course, peppers. Curry Seed & Chile Co. is responsible for setting the standard for Chile Peppers across the United States, with Ed supplying 90% of the chile breeding seeds in the country. “I love farming” say Curry in a recent interview with the Arizona Farm Bureau, “You need to love what you do in life and I love farming.”
Meet Arnott Duncan
Arnott Duncan is a fourth generation farmer based in Goodyear, Arizona. Duncan’s Family Farms is a well-known name in the greater- Phoenix area for Arnott and his wife, Kathleen’s work in bridging the gap between urban and rural life on their farm just outside the city. Founded in 1992, Duncan’s had officially expanded to organic farming by 1994 with a variety of greens from romaine to baby kale and spinach that you eat in many of the salads across North America. Duncan’s Family Farms is recognized as one of the leading organic leafy-green farmers in the United States. As our very first customer for our Farm’s Choice organic fertilizer, we are proud supplier of this incredible farming operation.
Meet Our Experts
We’re Here to Help You Grow.
Founder of The Farm’s Choice and Vice President of Operations at Hickman’s Family Farms, Billy Hickman knows a thing or two about farming and doing good for the environment. Since 1974, Billy has been involved in his family’s business of raising and caring for the hens in their care and feeding those around them. One thing is certain in egg-production, there will be some…shit. That’s why, out of mindfulness for the land around the farm, the idea for The Farm’s Choice sprouted—to recycle and repurpose one of the single biggest by-products of Hickman’s. Since 2007 when the idea came about, Billy has been an integral part of establishing a safe, affordable and sustainable product for The Farm’s Choice and is proud to give you his family seal of approval.
When Jim started in 2008 at Hickman’s Family Farms, he was on the egg production side of the business, running a processing plant. After 3 years with the company, he moved to The Farms Choice fertilizer division, largely due to his affinity for…stirring shit up. He has a deep affinity for the agriculture industry, with over 35 years in agriculture production and sales. Jim assumed the role of General Manager and Sales Manager of The Farm’s Choice in 2011, dedicated to helping farmers pick the correct products for their specific needs. Jim and his wife Jodee enjoy traveling and spending time with family.
John "Jay" Harper
Sales Representative, Arizona
John Jay Harper is a sales representative for Hickman’s Family Farms fertilizer division “The Farms Choice”. Prior to accepting this position at The Farms Choice, Harper was President and CEO of Harper’s Nursery and Landscape Inc. where he led the company into it’s 73rd year of business until selling the business in 2017. Jay is a Past President and current Board Member of the Arizona Nursery Association and serves on the government relations sub-committee of Cactus and Pine Arizona GCSA, and the board of the Arizona National Livestock Show. Harper has been the host of a gardening call in talk show on KTAR radio’s “Rosie On The House” program for over 25 years and is a frequent speaker to local garden club groups. Jay and his wife Trina live in Scottsdale and two children and two grandchildren.
Bill Van Gotum
A native Arizonan, Bill Van Gotum has been a professional fireman for 33 years and is still on active duty with the Buckeye Fire Department. Simultaneously to working at the fire department, Bill owned a local Feed & Tack store for four years. With his experience in the feed business, Bill went to work for Hickman’s Egg Ranch in Glendale, Arizona for seven years, selling feed to feed stores around the Valley of the Sun. After going back to work full-time with the fire department, Bill has happily returned to Hickman’s Family Farms and the Farm’s Choice selling fertilizer for the last 2 years.