Green Field Farms

Rating
CompanyGreen Field Farms
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaOH
LocationFredericksburg, OH
Market Area DetailOhio Region
Websitewww.gffarms.com/
Total Score1740

Green Field Farms is a farmer-owned cooperative, with cooperative members supplying their organic eggs. Farms range from 2800 birds to 5000 birds. 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 than 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 restarts the growing process.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1740
2-Egg Rating | Fair
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
100farmer owned co-op
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
603,000-6,000 bird flocks
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
100OEFFA
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
801.75 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
80perches, sawdust litter
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
45between flocks or as needed
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
90curtain side buildings
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
605Êsq ft/hen
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
40one door per 1,000-3,000 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
0none
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
50seasonally, when temps below 60, rainy weather
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
60fixed houses, non-rotated outdoor space
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
50some sold
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
70beak trimming within first 10 days of life
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
4074 weeks average
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
100sold live
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
805%
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
80average 8 weeks old
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 outdoors with some vegetation
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
50Maysville feed; didn't say if domestic or not
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
25no photo set, no producer list, unclear answer