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Brand Name Green Field Farms
Rating (2)    
Company by Green Field Farms Coop
Location Fredericksburg, OH
Market Area Ohio region
Web Site http://www.gffarms.com/
 

Two-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or they purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis a number of them do not appear to meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access (although compliance might vary and you should look at the narrative regarding the brand). All these brands lose credit for not being fully transparent with Cornucopia researchers, and indirectly their organic community customers (Note: please see score on disclosure rate below – the score on this question also relates to their willingness to have their farms open to our inspection and/or supply required photographs of all four sides of each chicken coop producing their eggs). We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…


Green Field Farms is a farmer‐owned cooperative, with cooperative members supplying their organic eggs. Farms range from 2800 birds to 5000 birds.

Each member family of Green Fields Farms follows a strict set of principles to ensure we produce high quality and wholesome food products. Traditional farming methods are maintained for two reasons. First, we want to remain good stewards of our precious land. Second, we believe there is no better way to instill core family values than raising our children on working farms that grow food for the community around us. Our farms grow most of their own animal feed, redistribute animal waste as earth‐ friendly fertilizers, and naturally control pests and weeds. Fields are cultivated with horse‐drawn plows so we can constantly monitor the health or our land and crops‐ an impossibility when sitting atop a massive tractor. Hence, we don’t need to rely on harmful chemicals to discourage weeds and pests. In short, each farm is a small ecosystem that promotes natural ways for plants, animals, and soils to thrive. Many of the farming techniques we use today date back to the 1600s from our Swiss and German forefathers. It all starts with our appreciation of livestock manure. While many think manure is a waste product, we know there is not a better, safer fertilized ever invented. And it’s free! We annually rotate our crops and use lime to sweeten the soils. Legumes are planted to naturally extract nitrogen from air and convert it to plant food. We produce an abundance of hay that is stored so our animals are well‐nourished throughout the winter. And, of course, our livestock‐‐ cows, chickens, pigs, and goats provide more manure that re‐starts the growing process.


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 farmer owned co-op
Average Flock Size 60 3,000-6,000 bird flocks
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points)
none
Organic Certifier 100 OEFFA
Commitment to Organics 80 markets both organic and conventional eggs
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.75 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 perches, sawdust litter
Litter Management 45 between flocks or as needed
Natural Light 90 curtain side buildings
Outdoor Space per Bird 60 5 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 40 one door per 1,000-3,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 0 none
Outdoor Space Exemptions 50 seasonally, when temps below 60, rainy weather
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses, non-rotated outdoor space
Manure Handling System 50 some sold
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 beak trimming within first 10 days of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 40 74 weeks average
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live
Death Loss Rate 80 5%
Pullets 80 raises own pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 80 average 8 weeks old
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but access to outdoors with some vegetation
US Grown Feed 50 Maysville feed; didn't say if domestic or not
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 25 no photo set, no producer list, unclear answer
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1740
TWO EGGS (Fair)