Villageside Farm

Rating
CompanyVillage Farm
Market AreaME
LocationFreedom, ME
Market Area DetailMaine
Websitewww.freedomvillagefarm.com
Total Score2335

They write: “We offer our customers beef and chickens and eggs. We tend our animals with respect and gratitude. We believe that meat raised on our farm is the best you can find anywhere. We feed certified organic grain to our chickens and never give any animal hormones or antibiotics. The animals enjoy a “natural” life, doing whatever activities their species prefers: grazing, rooting, scratching, taking a dust bath, etc. The taste and quality are far superior to any feedlot or factory-raised animal but the impact on the environment is also to be noted. All of our animals benefit our farm system. We use their manure, and/or ability to weed and till the soil to enhance the diversity of our farm. These animals live a healthy, outdoor life.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 2335
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
100
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
100
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100
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)
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100
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
100
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
80
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
90
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
90
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
90
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100
Farms that never force molting receive the most points.
Forced Molting
100
Farms that never trim or tip beaks receive the most points.
Beak Trimming
100
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
80
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
100
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
100
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80
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
40
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Yes
Farms that do not feed synthetic amino acids receive the most points.
Synthetic Amino Acids
70
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
95