Tide Mill Organic Farm

Farm/Brand HeadquartersEdmunds, ME
ProductsChicken, turkey, processed meat
Market AreaNortheast
Total Score940
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 940
3-Bird Rating | Very Good
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 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
100Organic family-scale operation with good dedication to organics without split operations
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
0Did not participate in Cornucopia's survey
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Maine Organic Farmer’s and Gardener’s Association (MOFGA)
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
80No response on survey, research indicates low flock sizes indicating high welfare
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
80No response on survey, research indicates good stocking density indicating high welfare
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
50Unknown, investigation shows turkeys are outdoors and free-roaming
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
50Research indicates standard but good-welfare strains of turkey used
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
50Unknown; turkeys likely spend the majority of their lives with outdoor access
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
50Farmstead appears dedicated to animal welfare, including legitimate outdoor access but specific enrichments are unknown
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
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
80No response, but investigation shows meat birds are provided with legitimate outdoor access
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
50Investigation shows local feed sourcing
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
0May supplement the maxium allowed in organic production
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
0Unknown; likley sourced from conventional hatcheries
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
50Investigation shows birds have no common alterations performed
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
100Farmstead with owners/workers living on-site
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
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