Many Hands Organic Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersBarre, MA
ProductsChicken, turkey, soy free
Websitemhof.net/
Market AreaOn farm, Massachusetts
Total Score1655
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 1655
5-Bird Rating | Top-Rated
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
100Farmstead (owned and operated by farm family)
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
100100% organic production (brand does not market conventional)
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
100Full and open disclosure
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Baystate Organic Certifiers
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
100Small flock sizes
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
100Stocking density and mobile housing allows for high welfare for each individual bird
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
100Mobile chicken and turkey tractors, moved daily
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
100Freedom rangers and specialized turkey strain; slaughter age allows for majority of life outdoors
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
100Chickens spend approximately¾ of their lives outdoors (except during winter months)
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
100Outdoor space is vegetated; chickens are often rotated with cattle. Feeds sprouted grains.
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
100Mobile chicken and turkey tractors in vegetated pasture.
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
85Obtains feed from organic feed supplier that distributes locally.
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
100Does not supplement synthetic methionine. Feeds sprouted grains.
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Low death and cull rate (under 5%)
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
70Purchase chicks/poults from conventional hatcheries (allowed practice in organic production)
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
100No physical alterations performed
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
100Farmstead (owner and/or management works on-site and sees birds daily)
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
Hand-slaughter
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
Yes
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