Hawthorne Valley Farm And Creamery

Rating
Product offeringsRetail cuts
Websitefarm.hawthornevalley.org
Market areaLocally in NY, farm direct
LocationGhent, NY
Specialty labelsAnimal Welfare Approved, biodynamic
Participated in Survey?No
Total Score770

This brand did not participate in Cornucopia’s survey. Hawthorne Valley Farm and Creamery is part of a non-profit for local Waldorf school. This brand sells at the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, Farmer’s Markets, through a CSA, and local retail stores and markets.

They write: “At Hawthorne Valley Farm, we’ve been dedicated to producing high quality food for more than 35 years. Our biodynamic farming practices reflect our commitment to protecting the health of the earth and all who live on it, and our education and outreach programs strive to raise awareness of the social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in our daily lives.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 770
4-Steak
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
50Did not participate; investigation found some information
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
90Non-profit 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
90Likely single-farm/ranch 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
50Appears committed to organic label, but did not participate, can't confirm
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
NOFA-NY
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
100Biodynamic and Animal Welfare Approved
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
90100% grass fed, finished on pasture, AWA requires high welfare
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
75Rotational grazing management, appear to care for pastures
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
75Some evidence of good land stewardship, through biodynamic practices and devoting farm land to wildlife preservation
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
75At least some feed produced on site, otherwise unknown
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
0Unknown
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
Oversight
75Evidence of good oversight, unknown if closed herd
Brands may receive extra credit for above and beyond transparency, or special practices not otherwise covered in the scorecard (see description for an explanation).
Extra credit
0None