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Thomas Reid Farms was British Columbia’s first organic chicken farm. We take great pride in having set many of the standards and practices that are still in place today. For us, it was just the right thing to do. We often get questions about our farms, our organic process and the industry itself. We’re always happy to provide answers to those questions to help educate anyone who wants to know more about what we do.
Why did you get into organic farming?
We were farming broiler hatching eggs before we started organic farming. A family member got us interested in organic farming. After looking into the organic process in more detail, we felt it was a healthy, alternative way for us to stay in the agricultural industry while contributing to better animal welfare. In this way, we also felt that we were part of the solution to any challenge that might arise within the industry – a value that we wanted to be able to pass on to future generations.
How do I know that something is organically grown?
There is only one way to be sure of knowing if what you are getting is organic and that is to look for a certified organic agency logo on the product. Since there are several different agencies involved, here in British Columbia the one that we use is the COABC (Certified Organic Agencies of British Columbia). It’s easy to identify because of the “checkmark” logo.
Who inspects your farm?
BCARA (British Columbia Association of Regenerative Agriculture) certifies and hires third party independent inspectors to inspect our farm. This includes a detailed record check and farm tour.
Who sets the rules for certified organic and can I get a copy of them?
The rules for certified organic have been around for many years and are always being re-evaluated. We meet the standards of the Canadian Organic Regime which can be found on their website.
Are all countries’ organic standards the same?
No, they’re not. In Canada, the federal government – through the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and the COG (Canadian Organic Regime) – has developed a national standard for Canada.
What do you feed your birds?
We feed a diet of only certified organic grains. The feed is produced at a local Certified Organic Feed Mill. This ensures that there is no cross contamination with other feed additives.
Are your chickens medicated?
Our certified organic chickens are not medicated. That means no hormones or antibiotics.
What happens if the birds get sick?
If the birds get a treatable illness, we must treat them. Once the birds have been treated, they cannot be sold as Certified Organic chickens.
I know that Thomas Reid Farms is organic but are you free-range, too?
Yes, we are. It is a requirement that all Certified Organic Chickens have access to outside runs. This often leads to a second question: “What happens when it’s snowing and really cold outside?” It is true that when it is cold we do not open the doors; however, during the winter we spread organic hay in the barn to simulate an outside run. The welfare of our animals is always at the center of our farming practices.
Does organic chicken taste better?
We believe that organic chicken tastes better, you don’t have to take our word for it read some of our testimonials or take one home and try it for yourself
Why should I eat organic chicken?
There are three reasons for wanting to eat organically:
a) Your health
b) The animal’s health
c) The health of the environment
Where can I buy your product?
You can check out where to find our products on our store locator.
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Organic, free range, non-GMO. No antibiotics, no hormones. Better for you, better for our birds, better for the environment. It’s what we believe in. Wondering where you can find Thomas Reid products? Check out our store locator.Find a Store