Our recipe for good has been the same since day one
We’re on a mission to leave the world better than we found it. To us, that means dishing up superior tasting food for our loved ones while impacting the planet positively for generations to come.
Our guiding principles
We recognize the considerable contributions of our farmers, employees, partners, and members of the communities in which we operate, which is why we strive to ensure everyone involved in our business is compensated fairly.
We want to bring more organic products to more people, so we continuously look for ways to maintain our high-quality standards while delivering good value.
We believe all relationships should be built on trust, so we practice respectful treatment of people, animals, and the environment.
We consider the impact of our actions and work to build programs that will have a positive contribution both now and for future generations.
We operate with integrity because that is the way we think a business should be run. Our commitment to transparency means we live up to our promises and do not knowingly mislead or deceive.
We believe everyone
thrives on good food
That’s why we continuously work to build a stable, fair and thriving food system. Organic regenerative agriculture practices can displace synthetic chemicals, promote natural ecosystems, and build resilient communities.
Promoting natural ecosystems
Supporting 14,000 acres of organic farmland
Across our value chain, Yorkshire Valley Farms supports almost 14,000 acres of land being stewarded under organic practices, leading to healthier, more nutrient-rich soil and ultimately healthier, more resilient plants that produce the food we eat.
Displacing tremendous amounts of glyphosate and synthetic nitrogen
We estimate we have been able to displace tens of thousands of litres of glyphosate and millions of kgs of synthetic nitrogen – all of which can negatively impact soil, waterways, and wildlife.
We encourage more farms to become certified organic
Our goal by 2025 is to draw from over 30,000 acres of land under organic management across the value chain.
Organic systems use less energy and emit fewer carbon emissions than conventional systems
A study conducted by the Rodale Institute that monitored data over a 40-year period comparing conventional and organic agriculture in a side-by-side Farming System Trial (FST) found that organic systems used 45% less energy than the conventional systems and released 40% fewer carbon emissions.
Building resilient communities
Our group of farming partners has grown from 2 farmers to over 35 multi-generational family-run, organic farms in Canada
All because our programs are purposefully built to ensure all stakeholders are treated fairly and can thrive.
Organic agriculture helps drop poverty rates and increase median income
Research conducted at Penn State by agricultural economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke shows that organic agriculture supports the economy of the communities within which it operates. His study found that US counties within organic hotspots1 have lower poverty rates and higher median annual household incomes. On average, county poverty rates drop by 1.3 percentage points, and median income rises by over $2,000 in counties in organic hotspots. The same beneficial results are not found for general agricultural hotspots.
We contribute $10,000 annually to support students working to progress the organic regenerative movement
Through the Yorkshire Valley Farms Canadian Eco-Scholar Award, we are supporting the next generation of organic regenerative leaders.
Furthering a Fair & Stable Food System
Our animal welfare standards consistently exceed industry guidelines
In 2020, we completed over 80 third-party audits, some of which included reviews of our animal welfare practices across over 50 metrics. Our animal welfare C.A.R.E program combines principles from the Chicken Farmers of Canada, Poultry Code of Practice, Canadian Organic Standards, and our own best practices to create a high standard of care that consistently exceeds industry guidelines.
A leader in Canada to implement enhanced welfare practices
In 2017, our processing facility was a leader in Canada to implement Slow Induction Anesthesia (SIA). Many animal rights advocates, like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Temple Grandin, consider SIA the preferred way to reduce the animal welfare, economic, and worker-safety issues associated with other stunning systems.
100% of products are raised and produced in Canada
We’re proud to be a Canadian company and to work with Canadian partners to bring all of our high-quality organic products to market. We believe that local partnerships and sourcing lead to stronger, more resilient communities and, ultimately, a more fair and stable food system.
Offering Organic to More People
We’re bringing more organic food to more people
We’ve had a history of many “firsts” in Canada. From the first organic chicken nuggets in the country to organic chicken and turkey meatballs, sliced chicken and turkey deli meat, and organic turkey wieners. Our products are now available in every province, and on shelf at over 800 partner retail locations.
Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence in 2013 Recognized by the Canadian Organic Trade Association as Organic Innovator of the Year in 2017 Grand Prix New Product Award in 2018 for Yorkshire Valley Farms Organic Sliced Deli
Innovation is important to us, and we’re proud to have been recognized by our peers for our efforts. In 2013, Yorkshire Valley Farms was awarded a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, which recognizes innovations that improve existing products, create jobs, and drive economic growth. In 2017, we were recognized by the Canadian Organic Trade Association as Organic Innovator of the Year. And in 2018, our organic sliced deli won the Grand Prix New Product Award.
We’re long-standing members of the Canadian Organic Trade Association, the Organic Council of Ontario, and of Regeneration Canada
We believe we can play an important role in helping further organic regenerative agriculture in Canada and are active members of the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA),
the Organic Council of Ontario (OCO), and Regeneration Canada.
flock to yours
Meet some of the organic farmers working to bring you the Yorkshire Valley Farms products that you love.
The Joye Family
Located in Perth County, the Joyes have been farming organically for over 10 years. They raise organic chicken and grow soybeans, corn, hay, oats, peas, and barley. Their emphasis on a mixture of crops allows for crop rotation to improve and build up soil health.
“We have chosen to farm organically because we have some family who have been farming organically for over 25 years. Organic farming requires us to farm more with nature instead of against it. It is a challenging way to farm but also more rewarding.”
The Simpson Family
The Simpson farm in Grey County was officially certified organic in 2007, but they’ve been practicing organic farming since day one. In addition to their egg production, they raise chickens, dairy heifers and Galloway cows for grass fed beef.
“Organics is about taking care of nature - your land, your animals, your family, and the people who eat your food in a responsible manner. It is looking to nurture all of this and looking to the future.”
The Pronk Family
The Pronk family has been farming organically for over 30 years on their farm in Wellington County. Their land is home to laying hens, dairy cows that produce 100% grass fed milk, beef cattle, chickens and pigs.
“We want to leave the soil and surrounding habitat in better condition than when we started, to raise livestock the way nature intended without the use of artificial stimulants, and to provide food that is healthy and contributes to the wellbeing of the consumer.”
The Poechman Family
The Poechmans’ farm in Bruce County was first certified for organic farming in 1989. Since then, they’ve expanded by adding a flock of organic laying hens, raising Angus beef, and growing oats, spelt, and hay.
“I find it much more rewarding to farm with nature, rather than relying on chemicals. If nature is willing to let me farm without harm, why not?”
The Ambler Family
As one of our founding farmers, the Amblers have been with us since the very beginning. For over a decade on their farm in Peterborough County, they have been raising organic chicken, growing soybeans and wheat, producing their own brand of organic maple sugar, and they’re also proud owners of an award-winning herd of registered purebred Black Angus cattle.
“Our products promote environmental, social and economic sustainability. And they taste great too!”
The DeWit Family
The DeWit family has been sustainably farming for over 6 years. Located in Thamesford, Oxford County, they raise organic turkeys; grow corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, pasture; and run a flock of 200 sheep.
“Organic is a method of farming that allows my family to make a living from farming even with a smaller land base. The way we farm now is very sustainable - the sheep and turkeys work well together with the cropping.”
The Ahrens Family
The Ahrens are one of the founding farmers for Yorkshire Valley Farms. Their organic farming story starts all the way back in 1990 on their farm in Peterborough County. Six generations later, the Ahrens are still dedicated producers of organic chicken, as well as organic corn and soybeans, some of which go into our vegetable-grain chicken feed.
“We're proud to produce a healthy product for a growing population in an environmentally conscious way.”
The Thompson Family
The Thompsons have been raising organic chicken and growing corn, wheat, and black beans on their farm in Prince Edward County since 2011. They run a true family operation, with both father and son working together on their individual farms.
The Roes Family
The Roes’ farm in Perth County was certified organic back in 2011. Since then, they’ve been producing eggs and milk, some chicken and beef, and forages to feed dairy cattle.
“Initially we followed organic practices for health reasons. I didn't want to be around the chemicals used in conventional farming and I didn't want my children exposed to them. Now I love having the animals outside on pasture. ”
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