Become a Vital Farmer

Raise Pasture-Raised Eggs for Vital Farms

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 girls first. Today, approximately 200 family farms commit to our exacting standards and the pasture-raised practices that are best for hens and land. 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.

Want to join the family? We are always on the lookout for new and enthusiastic farmers that are willing to dedicate their time to the girls. If you are interested in joining, please read through the following frequently asked questions and answers before applying.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas are you considering for new contracts?

We are currently looking for growers in the pasture belt! The pasture belt is the U.S. region, including Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, where pasture-raised eggs can be produced year-round. Please fill out an application to be considered. You are welcome to contact us if you are located in the pasture belt but outside of these regions, as we may be expanding in your area in the future.

What is Vital Farms’ grower compensation?

It is Vital Farms’ ongoing goal to offer our growers industry-competitive compensation. Once an application is returned to us, we will reach out to you about a potential grower meeting (should we be expanding in your region). This meeting will cover current compensation along with building and land requirements and start-up costs.

How much pasture land is required?

Our hens need a minimum of 108 square feet of pasture each, which equates to 25 acres per 10,000 birds.

What type of land do you require?

Our production method can take advantage of otherwise marginal land. We require good tree coverage and open areas with good grass cover. This provides the best combination for what the birds love to forage. For biosecurity reasons, pastures with year-round ponds or creeks, will not be considered as pasture for the birds.

What kind of support does Vital Farms provide?

Vital Farms has an outstanding team of Grower Support and Quality crew members that you will stay in frequent contact with. They will conduct periodic farm visits and audits to provide you with the support needed to be a successful farm manager.

What regulations are required to run a poultry operation?

A state-approved or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)-approved nutrient management plan is required prior to operation. During operation, timely filing of records and reports is also required. Other state regulations may apply. For specific information, contact your local department of agriculture or NRCS representative.

More Questions?

If you want to learn more about contract growing opportunities with Vital Farms, please send an email to newgrowers@vitalfarms.com with your Name, Phone Number, and Farm Location.

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Fill out the Grower Application form below and press “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

  • Being a Vital Farms Grower requires managing to a higher standard for animal welfare and egg quality than any other producer. We require our farmers to be in their barn multiple times per day, continually monitoring the environment and working to ensure the barn and pasture environment are optimal for the bird’s health and wellbeing. Additionally, our farmers document almost every aspect of the environment to provide visibility into all aspects of the rearing environment and help us collaborate on how to continuously improve our systems
  • At Vital Farms we live our values every day; they are fundamental to who we are. We act with empathy, with a growth mindset, as owners and always with humility. We look for growers who share these values.
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