Animal Welfare Approved

Archive for October, 2010

Ranney Ranch – Corona, NM

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 22, 2010

The Ranney Ranch Grassfed Beef and ranching operation has been certified by AWA since 2010. The ranch is also certified by the American Grassfed Association and is a producer member of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance.

Edgewood Operations – Monticello, FL

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 15, 2010

For almost fifty years, the Edgewood Operations family has been raising cattle according to the highest welfare standards. For decades, the herd of cattle have enjoyed grazing the lush pastures in a stress-free and serene environment at the farm in Monticello. Today, owner Susan Simmons, farm manager Todd Matthews and the team at Edgewood Operations continue to honor and practice the same commitment to the welfare of their herd of Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle. “We strive for excellence by raising healthy cattle in as natural an environment as possible, Susan explains.

AWA Farmer Wins 2010 Glynwood Award

By Emily | October 6, 2010

Program Director Andrew Gunther is pleased to announce that Animal Welfare Approved farmer Jeremiah Jones of GrassRoots Pork Company in Beulaville, North Carolina has been awarded the 2010 Glynwood Farmer Harvest Award. Glynwood, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable agriculture and farmland preservation, gives this award to highlight innovative work being done to increase access to fresh, locally produced food and to recognize leaders from across the country who are supporting regional agricultural systems.

“AWA nominated Jeremiah because he fits the profile perfectly. Not only is Jeremiah a truly great farmer, but as president of the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association, he gives of his time and talent tirelessly to lead a group of pasture-raised pig producers in developing niche markets and in the creation of best-practice standards,” says Andrew Gunther. “Several years ago when I first started to work in the U.S., this group was the first I helped set up. I was privileged to work with Jeremiah and the group to launch their marketing cooperative, thus assuring the group’s viability and stability.” NCNHGA is currently seeking new producers to join the cooperative as there is a growing demand for pastured pork. All members of the NCNHGA must be certified AWA, a commitment the group and its customers firmly stand by.

AWA at Farm Aid’s 25th Anniversary Concert

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 4, 2010

Animal Welfare Approved was pleased to join more than 30 organizations supporting family farmers at this year’s Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America. The AWA Farm Aid team, Beth, Emily and Brigid, arrived in Milwaukee excited to participate in Farm Aid Eve, FARMpardy (AWA’s version of JEOpardy) and, of course, the 25th Anniversary Farm Aid concert.

Dave Matthews: “The farmers on our good Earth are taking care of the land and taking care of our children.”

Neil Young: “Maybe you don’t realize what’s really going on with factory farms in this country, how they are displacing family farms at an alarming rate…Factory farms are the reason why we have food alerts. They are the reason why we have dying people and disease. Try to buy something from a family farm, something that’s sustainably grown. You deserve the best. Your children deserve the best.”