Green Field Farms

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersFredericksburg, OH
ProductsCheese
Websitewww.gffarms.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1237

They say: “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 that 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.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1237
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure90Farmer-owned co-operative
Milk Supply90Sourced from trusted co-operative
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification92OEFFA and QAI
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed50Exceeds USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture70Most supplier farms do some more-than-average grazing
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull/death rate
Replacements50Conventional cattle may be rotated into organic dairy herds
Calves70Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support70Depends on third-party for supervision and visits farms occasionally
Procurement of Ingredients90Any outside ingrediants come from milk of integrity
Extra Credit0None