Nick’s Organic Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPotomac, MD
ProductsChicken, turkey
Websitewww.nicksorganicfarm.com/
Market AreaMaryland
Total Score1730
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 1730
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
100Maryland Dept. of Agriculture
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
100Small flock sizes (below 200 birds) for both chickens and turkeys.
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
100Stocking density allows for individual birds to display natural behaviors and avoid any crowding indoors and outdoors.
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
100Mobile hoop housing moved daily for both chickens and turkeys
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
95Raises meat-type slower growing “red” Cornish type, white Cornish, and both common meat (Broad Breasted Whites) and heritage breeds of turkey
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
95Chickens are given outdoor access at around 2-3 weeks of age, the majority spending a minimum of 2/3rds of their lives or more outdoors. Turkeys spend the majority of their lives outdoors.
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
100Enrichments provided indoors and outdoors.
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
100Real Organic Project (ROP)
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
100100% vegetation is maintained, rotated with beef cattle
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
100100% of feed is local, grains and forages.grown on-farm
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
90Supplements some synthetic methionine in amounts less than maximum allowed
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Very low cull and death rates (below 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 hatchery
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
80Some of the chicks, but not all, are beak tipped when only a few days old by supplier
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
100Farmstead production with daily interaction
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)
No
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