Apple Creek Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersBowdoinham, ME
Websitehttps://applecreekfarm.me/
Market AreaME
Total Score1465

Apple Creek Farm is a diversified farm that uses a variety of sustainable farming practices, including multi-species grazing. The farm produces certified organic, grass-fed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pasture-raised, certified organic poultry (broilers, geese and turkeys) and free-range certified organic eggs.

This farm’s eggs can be found in Brunswick, ME farmers markets.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1465
5-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
100Single farm that produces all of eggs marketed
Brands that only produce organic products make the biggest investments — in time and money — in systems that benefit us all. Eggs sourced from a single operation receive the most points. Eggs of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Commitment to Organic Label
100Eggs come from single-farm source and farm only produces organic eggs
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
0None
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
100High welfare flock sizes, less that 500 hens per mobile house, 600-hen winter flock size
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
100Uses mobile housing (winter fixed hoop house)
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
100Excellent indoor spacing (mobile coops)
High scoring brands provide enough space to allow each hen to fully utilize their outdoor area, and to perform instinctive behaviors without harming the environment.
Outdoor Spacing
100Excellent outdoor spacing in summer, 112 square feet
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
100High-quality outdoor time, rotated pasture and excellent winter housing
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
60Pullet supplier offers access once pullets are fully feathered
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
100High-quality enrichments used indoors and outdoors
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
90Brand moving away from beak trimming with new flocks and does not allow forced molting
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
60Sources organic pullets
Brands that have low rates of deaths and utilize their spent hens for human consumption or similar score the highest.
Deaths, Culls, and Spent Hens
100Death rate below 5%; hens sold live and used for human consumption
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
90Maintains 90-100% vegetation during growing season and takes measures to protect soil while still allowing outdoor access during the winter
Feed Sourcing90Feed is sourced from local organic mill, also certified GMO-free
Brands that score well here go above and beyond to ensure the highest animal welfare, taking into consideration their hens’ safety and cleanliness, natural behavior, and stress levels.
Animal Welfare
75Excellent animal welfare
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
Transparency
100Full and open transparency
Soy free and/or gluten free? (non-scoring)Gluten but not soy free
Brands do not receive points, but are invited to submit the name of their Accredited Organic Certifier (suppliers may have different certifiers).
Organic Certifier (non-scoring)
Quality Certification Services
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None