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.”
The Stuart Family has a long history of farming dating back to 1926. The entire Stuart family – Bill and Deb and their two sons Will and Christian – are currently raising 150 100% grassfed Red Angus cattle. The Stuarts distribute their beef to several outlets including a small store located on their farm. They also sell their beef to local Connecticut restaurants including the Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich, CT and The Elms in Ritchfield, CT. Their Animal Welfare Approved beef is even available at the New Milford Hospital in New Milford, CT – making it the first hospital to put Animal Welfare Approved beef on the menu!
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.