Since our founding as a small family farm in 1939, Foster Farms has remained dedicated to our land, people and surrounding communities.
While producing our always natural, always fresh, locally grown poultry, we are mindful of the ways that we can help to improve the environment. We take our role as environmental stewards very seriously, and are proud of our accomplishments to date. At the same time we realize that there is no finish line when it comes to making environmental strides. Foster Farms continues to develop and implement innovative, eco-friendly solutions for our business, to ensure the safety and integrity of the local environments in which we operate.
Foster Farms encourages a strong sense of responsibility for the environment among all company employees through our company-wide environmental policy. At each stage of our operations, from poultry ranches to processing, packaging, shipping, distribution and corporate offices, we have implemented environmental initiatives that promote recycling and reuse, increase energy efficiency, reduce and eliminate waste, and improve air quality, while protecting our precious natural resources.
As part of this policy, environmental management systems are in place at each company facility to assure adherence and measure improvement. Foster Farms' environmental specialists regularly evaluate facility operations to assure compliance with set environmental objectives, which often exceed industry standards and government mandates.
As a testament to our commitment:
Our eco-friendly farming practices on the ranch promote animal welfare and bio-security, while supporting local communities and environments. Our chickens and turkeys are grown in large poultry barns designed to protect the birds from environmental extremes, while allowing fresh air to constantly circulate. The interior temperature and climate is controlled, and clean water and feed are available at all times. Our barns are built with enough space for the birds to move about freely. The floors are covered with natural, absorbent bedding materials such as rice hulls and wood shavings. All of Foster Farms used bedding is recycled for either compost or organic fertilizer. Keeping our poultry comfortable and well treated is a priority for Foster Farms and ensures excellent health and development.
We manage ranches in an environmentally-conscious manner. We recycle materials whenever possible, use environmentally-friendly products and cleansers, and are incorporating sustainable composting practices. Storm water is maintained on each ranch to minimize offsite flow and reduce the potential for pollution. Our poultry shelters are strictly managed to minimize moisture levels thereby minimizing natural emissions, which also helps to assure superior bird health.
Foster Farms is a regional, West Coast brand, committed to fresh chicken and turkey products that are locally grown by region. In fact, there are Foster Farms poultry farms and ranches throughout the West Coast to assure that fresh chicken sold in any West Coast region is grown and packaged in that same region. This Foster Farms tradition naturally promotes sustainability, as local foods help to support local agricultural communities. Food that is produced locally requires less distance to travel and has less of an impact on the environment.
Even more, because our fresh poultry is always locally grown and always fresh, there is no need for our products to contain added preservatives or sodium.
We are proud of our efforts to contribute to and improve social and economic equity in the communities we work and reside in. Our spirit of giving is a long-standing Foster Family tradition.
As part of our community involvement, Foster Farms employees serve on numerous local boards including the California Education Partnering Coalition, CSU, Stanislaus Alumni Association, Stanislaus County Partners in Education, Emmanuel Medical Center Foundation, and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce. Foster Farms has longstanding philanthropic relationships with the Salvation Army, Goodwill, American Red Cross, Second Harvest, and other local non-profit organizations.
We are incredibly proud of and dedicated to our employees, many of whom have worked at Foster Farms for decades. Each quarter, we celebrate employee anniversaries and it is not unusual to recognize individuals with 30-plus year careers within our company. Our employees enjoy some of the highest wages in the poultry industry and have access to one of the most attractive benefits packages in the industry.
We value personal growth and offer continuing education classes and programs to our employees on a regular basis. We partner with local schools to conduct ESL programs, award college scholarships to employees and their family members. We actively promote employees from within; many of our current supervisors and managers started out with us on the production line.
We strive to cultivate a nurturing working environment for all Foster Farms employees. We provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Additionally, out of all U.S. poultry companies, Foster Farms ranks within the top two percent for safety. Foster Farms’ Livingston, Calif., poultry processing plant has been selected from 150 poultry processing plants throughout the nation by the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA to serve as the model processing plant for other U.S. poultry producers.