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The Small Lot Program is a permit program for unregistered producers/farmers who keep between 100 and 399 laying hens that produce organic eggs, heritage breed eggs, free-range eggs or free-run eggs.
All producers/farms who have between 100 and 399 laying hens should register with BC Egg through the Small Lot Program. There is an annual permit fee of $250 which includes:
Please note you must be at least 19 years of age to apply for a Small Lot permit. This program is open to any number of participants.
Unless a farmer sends his/her eggs to a grading station, the eggs produced on small lot farms are considered “ungraded.” and BC has strict rules and laws surrounding the sale of ungraded eggs. Please see our Selling Ungraded Eggs page for more information.
Appendix III in the following document provides guidelines for the sale of eggs at farmers’ markets:
Just as with larger farms, Small Lot farmers are required to maintain specific standards of food safety and biosecurity. The following guides are designed specifically for small lot production:
For more information on the Small Lot Program, please contact Scott Miles, Operations Assistant, at the BC Egg office.