Seven Stars Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPhoenixville, PA
ProductsFluid milk, biodynamic
Websitewww.sevenstarsfarm.com/index.html
Market AreaEast, Southeast, Midwest
Total Score1571

They write: “Seven Stars Farm is a 425 acre certified Biodynamic dairy farm located in northern Chester County, PA. We are one of the oldest organic farms in the United States, founded in the 1930?s. Since then we have used herbal preparations to enhance the vitality of the soil, plants and animals. With our herd of Jersey cows, we strive to create the ideal farm: a self-sustaining and ecologically balanced system that builds and sustains soil fertility through crop rotation and farm composts. The cows graze from early spring through late fall, coming in only for milking. When necessary to meet demand, we purchase milk from neighboring organic farms. These farms treat their land and animals as we do, with sound Biodynamic and organic practices and plenty of loving care. Thus, all the milk used is of top quality making Seven Stars Organic Yogurt simply the finest yogurt available!

Our yogurt is sold via natural foods distributors, natural foods stores and major food store chains throughout the eastern United States. It is available in four 32oz. flavors: Whole Milk Plain, Maple, Vanilla, and Lemon. For a lighter product, we also provide Low-Fat Plain and Low-Fat Maple. Organic Maple syrup, organic vanilla extract, organic lemon extract and cultures are the only additional ingredients added to our milk. The result is an old-fashioned, European-style yogurt that is unique, delicious and nutritious.

All of our products are NON-GMO verified, Certified Organic, Kosher and amazingly delicious!”

Note that the Seven Stars home farm is certified Biodynamic, but their yogurt is made with help of certified organic milk from our organic partner farms. This makes the final product certified organic, but not certified Biodynamic.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1571
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Farmstead dairy
Milk Supply90Multiple farms around one main farmstead, closely knit
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification91Stellar Certification Services for two farms (and organic yogurts); Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) for three farms
Other Labels/Standards100Home farm is certified biodynamic , salmon safe, some products certified non-GMO
Grass-fed75Well exceeds usda percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture90Excellent pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate60Moderate cull rate and low death rate
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves80Calves raised with mothers for one week before going to group housing
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support95Staff visits farms frequently
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit100With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this dairy produces 100% of their own feed.