Rabbit River Farms
SPCA Certified (eggs) since 2003.
SPCA Certified is an innovative farm certification and food-labelling program dedicated to improving farm animal welfare standards in Canada.
About Rabbit River Farms
Rabbit River Farms was established in 1994 in the agricultural land reserve of Richmond. It was the first farm in Western Canada to explore free-range egg production following the principles of organic farming. The organic standards developed on the farm were used by the Certified Organic Associations of B.C. (COABC) in the development of their first organic poultry standards.
As per Canadian national organic standards and SPCA Certified standards, nest boxes, vegetarian feed and provision for dust bathing is provided. This means that after laying their eggs, the hens are able to hop out of their nest boxes to freely roam the ground to do what chickens do - forage for food, dust bathe and move about as they desire.
Awarded the 2001 VanCity Ethics in Action Award for Business, Steve Easterbrook and his family are committed to the humane treatment of their poultry and improving the quality of life of all farm animals.
"There is a real need to strike a balance between animal welfare and our need for food," says Steve. "Our goal is to raise hens, and not only look at the economies of scale. This enables us to study our animals, allowing their behavioural needs to be fulfilled while still producing food in a sustainable manner."
Rabbit River Farms grades and packages both certified organic and SPCA Certified cage-free eggs at its federally-inspected egg grading station in Richmond. The SPCA Certified eggs originate from six local farms in the Fraser Valley.
New Rabbit River Farms product - Canada's first SPCA Certified, white-shelled, cage-free egg
Rabbit River Farms Egg Suppliers
A number of other SPCA Certified farms supply free-range eggs to Rabbit River Farms to be sold under the Rabbit River Farms label. These farms include:
Note: All organic eggs are from free-range chickens, but not all free-range chickens are certified organic.
Where to buy Rabbit River Farms's eggs
Plans to open a farmgate store are in the works. Interested buyers can expect to visit Rabbit River Farms to buy eggs in Spring 2012. Stay tuned for updates about the grand opening of the store!
Rabbit River Farms's eggs can be found in grocery stores like IGA; Save-On Foods; Real Canadian Superstore; Choices Markets; Famous Foods; Whole Foods Markets and many more throughout B.C. and across Canada! Please visit the Rabbit River Farms website for a complete list of retailers.
Restaurants that use Rabbit River Farms eggs include:
Cibo Ristorante - 900 Seymour, Vancouver, B.C. 604.602.9570
Irish Heather Bar & Grill 212 Carroll Street, Vancouver, B.C. 604.688.9779
Kranky Cafe 216 - 228 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, B.C. 604.568.4272
Major the Gourmet Caterers - 8828 Heather Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 3S8 604.322.9211
Motomachi Shokudo Japanese Restaurant 740 Denman Street, Van B.C. V6G 2L5 604.609.0310
Red Flag Sports Bar - 900 Seymour Street, Van, B.C. 604.689.4460
SeasonsFine Foods Catering (Film Industry On Site Caterer) 604.619.1142
Slickity Jim's Chat & Chew - 3469 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C. 604.873.6760
Terra Breads (bakery & deli) 53 West 5th Ave, Van, B.C. 604.736.1884
Vij's Restaurant 1480 West 11th Ave (at Granville) V6H 1L1 604.736.6664
Vij's Rangoli 1488 West 11th Ave (at Granville) V6H 1L1 604.736.5711
Soap and skin care products manufacturer using Rabbit River Farms products:
- Lush Cosmetics - in malls and airports across Canada
In the BC SPCA community
Rabbit River Farms has also been instrumental in assisting the BC SPCA in developing Cluck!, a school curriculum unit on egg-laying hens.
Contact Information (if available):
||18360 River Road
(778) 668 - 8848