Wrong Direction Farm

Farm/Brand HeadquartersCanajoharie, NY
ProductsChicken, turkey
Market AreaNortheast, home delivery
Total Score1710

Wrong Direction Farm is a small farm in the Mohawk Valley of Upstate New York.  The Perozzi family has been raising pastured chickens since 2011.  We believe that chickens thrive best when they are raised in an outdoor environment with bugs to chase, fresh air to breathe, and grass to roam in.  Our chickens are constantly on the move to fresh pastures to ensure the best nutrition for the chickens.  And of course, healthy chickens make better food for people, so you can be confident in the food you are serving.  Available for home delivery throughout the Northeast.

TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 1710
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 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
100Only produces organic chicken; very dedicated
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
100Superb disclosure
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
100Low flock size, with multiple separate flocks rotated on pasture
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
100Exccellent stocking density
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
100Mobile housing
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
70Cornish cross, raised to age out more slowly
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
90Typically spend at least 2/3rds 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)
100Provides novel enrichments to the birds in conjunction with ample opportunities to forage outdoors
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
100Real Organic Project Certified
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
90Rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved frequently, usually has 100% vegetative cover but requires a minimum of 80% cover
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
85Feed sourced from local mill, confirmed organic
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
80Feeds synthetic methionine at allowed levels
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Less than 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 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
100Daily interaction form farm owner, family farm
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, chickens are fed soy
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
25Provided contact info for suppliers