Pasture Fresh

Farm/Brand HeadquartersPetaluma, CA
Market AreaNorthern California
Total Score2405

Pasture Fresh Eggs is an organic pasture based family farm in Petaluma CA. They write: “Our 6th generation farm is home to 300 organic milking cows as well as pasture raised laying hens. We priced our selves in being 100% organic and selling our quality products to our local food shed.
Our laying hens are truly pasture raised. With both mobile and stationary housing systems our hens live centrally located in large pastures. The hens are never locked in doors as we keep the houses open allowing 24 access to the field. We utilize high and tight fencing, guard dogs and fox lights to protect our flocks from predators.”

“Our hens have both indoor and outdoor feed and water. This, along with shade structures encourages outdoor living. We spend many hours observing a hens natural behavior and provide both dirt areas and grass areas for the birds environment. Dirt provides scratching and dusting areas which allow for healthy skin and natural behavior. Grass changes all year and gives hens a feed to graze, shelter and a material to scratch.”

“Our hens are also fed organic, non-gmo feed that is specifically made for their age. Our nutritionist puts the birds needs first when deciding what they need to eat. Their feed consists of all organic ingredients which include soy and corn. Starting in the spring of 2018 we will also offer a “soy free” egg from hens that do NOT receive Soybean products. This egg will be available at Wholefoods in Northern CA. We can also be found at select bay area Safeways.”

TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 2405
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, produce 100% of eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
803,000 birds per flock
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
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)
40American Humane Certified
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Marin Organic Certified
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100100% organic
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
100full pasture access for birds
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100full pasture access for birds
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100deep litter/full pasture access for birds
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100well over 43 sq/ft per bird
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
95some birds in mobile housing, one stationary building has 12 doors for 3,000 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100feed, water, shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
100outdoor access year-round
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
75two flocks in fixed buildings with rotated pasture and one flock in mobile housing moved weekly
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100composted and used on 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
80some birds beaked trimmed, some are not
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
8085-90 weeks
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
100sell live
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
70pullets purchased from local organic farmer
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
4016 weeks after vaccinations
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75hay, pasture access
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
100all domestically grown
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