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The Vital Farms

Difference

We began as a single farm. As we grew, we didn’t make our farm bigger – we found more like-minded farmers who put the welfare of their two-legged and four-legged girls first. Today, over 200 family farms commit to our exacting standards and the pasture-raised practices that are best for hens, cows and land.

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Why We
Pasture-Raise

Pasture-raising puts the welfare of our animals at the heart of our business. We require our partner farmers to allot at least 108 square feet per hen, giving our girls plenty of room to roam and giving our land time to rejuvenate naturally, without pesticides or herbicides. We believe foraging is an essential part of our hens’ diets. We believe less outdoor space, like the minimum 2 square feet allotted to a free range hen, is far too little for roaming.

Similarly, pasture-raised cows live in small herds and, weather permitting, freely graze open pastures. We believe pasture-raising is the difference you’ll taste in our fresh eggs, butter and ghee.

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The Pasture Belt

Each of our family farms thrives in the pasture belt, those warmer-weather states where the winters are mild and the girls can nosh on native grasses year-round. Because we prefer to raise winter layers, not wear them!

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  • Snow… Brrr!
  • A little too much rain
  • Not quite enough rain
  • Spicy-hot in the summer
  • The Pasture Belt – Perfect year-round for our picky ladies!
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Our Farmers

When it comes to producing food ethically, Vital Farmers are outstanding in their fields and pastures. We’re proud to work with people as committed to animal welfare and ethical eating as we are, and we support them with quarterly get-togethers, monthly farm visits, expert advice and fair pay.

Portrait of Vital Farms farmers
Farming has always been part of Shannon’s life in some way. She’s a big believer in ethical food and the humane treatment of animals, so it’s no wonder it was a perfect fit when she joined our Vital Farms Family in 2016.
“When we first purchased the barns, and got to collect our first pallet of eggs – the experience felt so monumental! My husband and I actually took a selfie with all the eggs. Ha! We put a lot of love and care into raising the hens and we felt so proud of them and ourselves.”

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