Full Moon Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersHinesburg, VT
ProductsChicken
Websitewww.fullmoonfarminc.com/thefarm.shtml
Market AreaVermont
Total Score570
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 570
2-Bird Rating | Fair
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
100Family-scale farmstead farm
100% organic brands receive the most points. Split operations receive fewer with increased penalties for poor segregation at the processor and farm level.
Dedication to Organic Production
50Appears dedicated to organics
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
0Did not participate in survey and external investigations found only some information
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF)
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
100No response; raises 900-1000 broiler chickens yearly, slaughtering in batches indicating small flock sizes
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
70No response; stocking density appears low enough in investigations to indicate good welfare
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
30No response; website shows that housing may be static/fixed
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
20No response; investigation shows raising a strain similar to cornish cross (fast growing meat bird strain)
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
0No response; unknown if outdoor access is high quality
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
0No response
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
0None
Maximum points given for high quality, rotated pasture. Non-rotated pasture adjacent to fixed housing with lower than 90% vegetative cover receives fewer points.
Outdoor Management
0No response
100 points for on-farm production and/or milling of feed. Fewest points given to feed that cannot be verified as domestic and/or birds get poor or no supplementation from outdoor foraging.
Feed Sourcing
0No response
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
0No response
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
0No response
Chicks and poults that are certified organic since hatching, or are hatched on-farm receive 100 points. Off-farm or conventional chicks and poults receive 70 points.
Chick and Poult Sourcing
0No response
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
0No response
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
100Farmstead, owners live on site
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
No response
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
No response
Maximum transparency, sharing of the organic systems plan, and/or novel practices that sets the brand apart from the rest of the industry can result in extra credit points.
Extra Credit
0None