Apple Creek

Rating
CompanyApple Creek
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaME
LocationBowdoinham, ME
Market Area DetailMaine
Websitewww.applecreekfarm.wordpress.com
Total Score2330

Apple Creek Farm, LLC is a MOFGA certified organic farm located in Bowdoinham Maine. The farm was established by the Galle family in 1985 and is now run by the second-generation. Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas co-own and operate the farm utilizing 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. Other livestock products include: hay, wool, cashmere, sheep and goat skins. Apple Creek Farm products are sold locally in Brunswick year-round at both farmers markets and local food retailers.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2330
5-Egg Rating | Top Rated
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own eggs receive the most points. Corporations that do not produce any eggs receive the fewest points.
Ownership Structure
100family farm, produces all of own eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
100under 500 birds
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100single
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Certifications (bonus points)
none
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100MOFGA
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
80markets both organic and conventional eggs
More than 1.8 square feet per bird receives the most points, less than 1.2 square feet receives the fewest.
Indoor Space per Bird
60avg 3 sq ft/hen over year
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, dust baths, litter, pasture
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80freshened as needed
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
100at least one door for every 75 hens
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100water, shade, feed
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
90outdoor access year-round except during the coldest temps
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
90mobile housing moved weekly, fixed in winter
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure recycled on the farm
Farms that never force molting receive the most points.
Forced Molting
100no forced molting
Farms that never trim or tip beaks receive the most points.
Beak Trimming
100no beak trimming
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
802.5-3 years old
Farms where spent hens die a natural death, are sold for meat, or are processed and sold for human consumption, receive the most points.
Use of Spent Hens
100most sold live as backyard birds, some processed by family for stewing hens
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
803-5% annually
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raises own pullets from chicks
Farms that allow pullets access to the outdoors within the first 6 weeks of life, or within 6-10 weeks, receive the most points.
Pullet Access to Outdoors
100by 2nd week of life
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50no feed produced on farm but access to pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be certain
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Yessoy in feed ration
Farms that do not feed synthetic amino acids receive the most points.
Synthetic Amino Acids
70No more than 2 lbs per ton
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
100full disclosure