Pasture Fresh

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPetaluma, CA
Websitehttps://www.farmfreshtoyou.com/product/382/organic-pasture-raised-eggs
Market AreaCA, OR, WA, NV
Total Score1360
CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1360
5-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
100Single farm
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
50This brand sells BOTH organic and non-organic eggs
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
100Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
80Flocks between 3500 and 6000
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
85Fixed housing with rotated pasture, vegetation is maintained at 90%
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
901.5 square feet to 2 square feet per bird; hens have ample room to perform natural behaviors year-round
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
100108 square feet per bird; hens have ample room to perform natural behaviors
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
100Excellent outdoor access with access to the outdoors even during winter weather, maintains 100% vegetation with rotation
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
25Introduced to outdoors at 22-23 weeks
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
100Enrichments are provided along with legitimate outdoor access
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
100Beaks trimmed at hatchery, forced molting not allowed
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
25Brand purchases certified ready-to-lay 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
60Death rate below 10%, spent hens sold live
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
90Diversified farm, manure used as on-farm fertility
Feed Sourcing75Obtains feed from organic supplier that distributes locally
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
80Good 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 soy or gluten 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)
MOCA (Marin County Organic)
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None