Earthwise Farm and Forest Dairy

Product offeringsRetail cuts
Market areaLocally in VT
LocationRandolph, VT
Specialty labelsReal Organic Project
Participated in Survey?Yes
Total Score1050

Lisa McCrory and Carl Russell operate Earthwise Farm and Forest, a certified Organic draft-animal powered diversified family farm located on 150 acres in Bethel, Vermont. They produce and sell certified organic garlic, potatoes, raw milk, flowers, herbs, perennials, and poultry (chicken and heritage turkey). For more information about this farm, see their about us page:

This farm is certified by the Real Organic Project:

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TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 1050
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
100Full disclosure
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own beef receive the most points. Corporations that do not directly produce any beef receive the fewest points.
Ownership History
100Family farm
Beef sourced from a single operation receives the most points. Beef of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Beef Supply
100Only markets organic, single source
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100High commitment, Real Organic Project
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
Vermont Organic Farmers
Animal Welfare Approved, Real Organic Project, and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels and Standards
100Real Organic Project
100% grass-fed and finished or cattle finished with site-grown supplement receives the most points. Cattle finished exclusively in a feedlot receive the fewest points.
Beef Finishing
90Grass-fed/finished on pasture with some grain in winter
Points are awarded for quantity of time cattle are on pasture above and beyond what the USDA requires, and for the quality and care of the pasture.
Pasture and Grazing Management
90Excellent pasture compliance and management
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
80Excellent stewardship
Cattle finished on pasture or on feed that is grown on-farm or procured locally receive the most points. Feed of unknown origin, or known to be imported, receives the fewest points.
Feed Sourcing
90Primarily sourced on-farm
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
100Very low cull and death rates
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
100Close oversight daily
Brands may receive extra credit for above and beyond transparency, or special practices not otherwise covered in the scorecard (see description for an explanation).
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