Yorkshire Valley Farms’ Commitment to Organic
When the founding farmers started farming in Ontario many years ago, they chose to grow organically because they knew it would provide the best products for their families and friends. Now that the next generation of farmers has taken over the land, they still feel the same way. That’s why Yorkshire Valley Farms is committed to bringing you the highest quality organic poultry. Their focus is, and always will be, to offer you organic products you can feel good about, for your families and the world we live in.
“We’re proud to produce a healthy product for a growing population in an environmentally conscious way“ Thomas Ahrens, founding farmer
Yorkshire Valley Farms works diligently to ensure their farmers and production partners uphold the organic requirements at all stages. All partners are expected to adhere to their Code of Conduct. Maintaining the trust that you put into the organic label is what drives them each and every day to produce products that you can purchase with confidence
Why Choose Organic?
The organic system is the purest way to minimize chemicals in our food, promote a healthy environment and ensure high standards of animal welfare. You may see terms like “humanely raised”, “all-natural” or “free range”. These are not to be confused with organic. Only foods that are grown, processed and inspected to strict organic standards can be labeled organic.
It ALL Starts at the Farm
Yorkshire Valley Farms’ family-run farms work to the highest organic standards and are certified by Pro-Cert Organic Systems. Here, their birds are raised on wholesome, non-GMO organic grains with no added antibiotics. They also have space to roam in modern barns with natural light and ventilation, and have access to outdoor pastureland. This more holistic approach helps reduce bird stress, allowing their own immune system to keep them healthy. And we think you’ll agree that it makes their products taste a whole lot better too!
Life In The Barn
Their barns are equipped with natural ventilation systems that allow fresh air to circulate through the barn, as well as windows that allow natural light into the barn. They do not use artificial light to over-stimulate their animals. Organic practices mandate double the barn space of conventional poultry standards, so the animals have room to roam within the barn and are able to display natural behaviours like spreading their wings and dust bathing. Their chickens are never kept in cages or forcibly confined. All of their barns allow for seasonal access to outdoor pastureland that is also managed organically, which means that they never treat it with chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. Once the animals reach a certain age and size, they have the option to go outdoors. The varied climate of Ontario can be a challenge for their animals, so their farmers take into consideration temperature and weather, as well as how to manage potential predators. Their farmers are always conscientious of maintaining optimal animal health and providing a safe environment.