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Brand Name Eight Mile Creek
Rating (5)    
Company by Eight Mile Creek
Location Westerlo, NY
Market Area Capital region of New York
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Five-egg brands are at the top of the pecking order in terms of our 28 scoring criterion. And the brands, highlighted in green, such as this one, are providing "Enhanced Outdoor Access" to their birds. Their hens live in housing surrounded by a generous amount of outdoor space which they have access to. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Eight Mile Creek Farm believes that through diversification  of both plant and animal species, we have created, and continue to improve  on, a sustainable system that works to produce healthy food for our community, and that leaves our environment in a better state of health. 

Established in 2005, Eight Mile Creek Farm sits upon 223 acres (plus 120 acres leased for hay production) tucked away on a dirt road in Westerlo, NY in the Heldeberg Hilltowns.  The house and barns were originally built in 1835.From that time until the 1950’s it was a working family farm, transitioning into low-scale agricultural production for hay in the mid-1950’s.Pam set out to restore the land as a productive working farm in 2005 by building a diversified agricultural business. She has obtained, and maintains, the farm’s annual organic certification, providing customers with the healthiest products available.  Additionally, Pam works hard to protect and nurture the natural resources that their farm depends on for survival. She raises certified organic grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and pastured eggs year-round; animals receive no growth hormones, antibiotics or medications.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 NOFA-NY
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 2.37 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Litter Management 100 litter cleaned out weekly plus pasture access
Natural Light 100 birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 12 acres
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 more than one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 year-round pasture access
Outdoor Management System 70 fixed housing with rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 100 manure composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 average 2 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 processed as stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 80 less than 5%
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 90 around 6 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 75 some vegetables in addition to pasture
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 no synthetic methionine
Disclosure Rate 70 no photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2445
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)