About Scott

Scott I. Sechler is chairman and president of Bell & Evans Poultry. A pioneer in the natural and organic foods movement going back to the 1970s, Scott was named Pennsylvania Outstanding Farmer by the Pennsylvania Jaycees in 1990 and National Outstanding Young Farmer by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1991.

Raised on a dairy farm in Kempton, Pennsylvania, Scott began his poultry career while still in high school. Today, through Bell & Evans, Scott produces nearly 1 million chicks each week. With support from 130+ family farms and his more than 1,000 employees, Scott markets Bell & Evans in more than 48 states.

Scott resides on his family farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Monica, daughter, Margo, and son, Scott Jr.

11 thoughts on “About Scott

  1. Hi there Scott — This is just too funny to find you out here on the internet. Doing a great job w/ all the info. and your customers seem to love it, too. Now i have to make that trip out there to stock up on more chicken – been a while since i had some. Got to show Dean this site – just too cool. *Take Care 4 Now*

  2. Hi Scott,

    Thanks for this information. I absolutely loved reading your blog posts.

    Even more impressive is the way you raise chickens. Next time I am close to a retailer that sells your chickens, I am going to try them out.

    Thanks,

    Calvin

  3. Hello Scott,

    I had the unique opportunity earlier today to tour your facility in Fredericksburg. As a staff person for the American Diabetes Association, I was invited to participate in your annual health and wellness well to share preventive and management information about diabetes to your associates. Your plant is as impressive as well as your management team! I was so amazed by your air-chilling process.

    Congratulations on being named one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in CentralPA!

  4. Scott,

    I can personally vouch for the quality of your fryers, in both how they are raised and processed.

    Four years ago and through a fluke really, our son was diagnosed with Esinophillic Esophagitis, a new condition not clinically diagnosed prior to 2000 that results in his immune system recognizing food as an invading organism and then attacking his body in response. He now has a highly restrictive diet, and is unable to eat nearly all processed foods – including meats that you might find in your local grocer or even in a health food store – due we believe to the way their meats are processed. In the case of chicken, we’ve settled on the notion that the problem is in the solutions that the chicken are immersed during freezing.

    We lived in the city of Knoxville, TN then as today, and so growing our own livestock wasn’t an option, but we were fortunate to find a local butcher that specialized in high quality meats, and he happened to sell your chickens and turkeys – in fact when we talked about our son’s health issues, it was he that gave us the idea that perhaps the freezing solutions might be the problem. He explained to us the air chilling process used for your chickens, and to our surprise our son did not have any bad reaction to your meats. It was to be honest a real burden lifted from us. At that time our son had no other source of complete protien.

    That butcher went out of business around the time that the economy collapsed, and the nearest source of your chicken is now around 120 miles away in Greenville, SC. Despite the fact that our son’s diet restrictions have eased a little in the past couple of years, and we’re not in the dire situation we found ourselves then – thanks so much again for how you helped us through those early days of it – we’ve not been unable to find a consistent source of local, organically raised chickens that can compare to yours in either quality or price.

    I had the idea tonight to contact my local food co-op and see if they can order your chickens…we’ll see how fruitful that turns out to be. I do think that your chickens are superior in quality and processing to just about any other we’ve found. I hope someday soon you’ll again be able to supply them to the Knoxville, TN area. Thanks.

    • Thanks for the positive comment Timothy! There might be a Whole Foods or Fresh Markets store in Knoxville or Greenville. Your response to our products is very rewarding. Thank you!

  5. Hi Scott,
    I was wondering how much of your product is now organic certified? I got on-line to look over how you raise your chicken and noted the organic info. I’ve not seen the organic products at my local store in NJ and would love to buy USDA certified organic fresh chicken. For years, I bought Eberly’s organic chicken, but my health food store no longer carries this. I assume that the main difference between your organic certified and natural chicken is the use of certified organic soy, corn, etc in your feed. Is this correct?

    Also, wanted to know if you sell your organic chicken manure. In the spring/summer I have an organic farm, Smith’s Farm in Red Lion PA. Jusr started growing veggies last year and would like to get some chicken manure to spread and compost.
    Thanks for your time and sharing your stories about food in Europe.

  6. Hello. I was a former employee of yours. Unfortunately I was younger and made some bad mistakes which resulted in me not working there anymore. I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed every minute working for your company. I learned a lot. Plus, I took that knowledge and am now employed for another poultry company. Thanks for the headstart in my career and hopefully someday I can thank you personally. Its wonderful how much I have seen your company grow since I left. Keep up the great work!

  7. I watched the video that you mentioned about feeding live chicks into a grinder. You suggested that the President of this organization come and meet with you personally. Did they?

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