Eastern Plains Natural Foods raises heritage breed ducks, geese and egg laying hens in Bennett, Colorado. Dallas Gilbert has been raising free-range heritage poultry since the 1980s. He first began raising poultry for personal use because he only wanted to eat animals that had been raised naturally and humanely. When his operation grew he started giving extra birds to his friends-this later became a small business that has been growing ever since. Dallas also raises donkeys, which play an important role as livestock guardians. His birds “follow the donkeys around and fly up on their backs. Everyone gets along and they keep predators away.”
Stuart Family Farm is a 4th generation family farm specializing in the production and marketing pasture-raised beef. The family’s long farming history dates back to 1926. The entire Stuart family – Bill and Deb and their two sons Will and Christian – are currently raising 150 Red Angus cattle according to Animal Welfare Approved standards, and fed an entirely grass and forage-based diet. Stuart Family Farm has been Certified AWA since 2008, after seeking a certification that would share the same core values that they believe in when it came to raising beef cattle.
High Meadows Farm was the first farm in New York to join the Animal Welfare Approved program. John Hussey, Laura Hussey, Ann Van Arsdale and her daughter work together to raise the Tamworth piglets on the farm. According to Ann, John and Laura have always been interested in conserving rare breeds.