Farm and Wilderness

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPlymouth, VT
Websitehttps://www.farmandwilderness.org/
Market AreaVT
Total Score1595

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CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1595
5-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
100Non-profit, produces all of its own eggs
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
100Real Organic Project
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
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
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
1008 square feet per hen
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
9040 square feet per bird outdoors
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
90High quality outdoor time year round, maintains 70% vegetative cover with rotation
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
1004-6 weeks old
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
100Brand does not allow beak trimming or 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
80Brand purchases chicks to raise into pullets on site
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
70Below 10%; processed into stew hens to sell, sold live, or composted
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
90Good environmental stewardship, uses rotation and other methods that are protective
Feed Sourcing75Obtains feed from local suppliers; also feed milk produced on-farm
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
100Excellent animal welfare benchmark
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 transparency
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
Not gluten or 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)
Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF)
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None