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Archive for September, 2011

The 2811 – Abbeville, SC

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 27, 2011

The 2811 (said, “Twenty-eight Eleven”) is a “sustainable, organic, all natural, family farm.” Half of the 55-acre family farm in western South Carolina is wooded and the other half is maintained in pasture, grazed by their Animal Welfare Approved livestock. Rhode Island Red laying hens, Angus and Hereford cattle, and Hampshire-Yorkshire cross pigs all make their home on The 2811, managed by Dr. Matthew Durham and his “business partners”—his wife Melissa and their four children, Caroline, Savannah, Meredith, and Noah.

12 Palms Farm – Cocoa, FL

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In October 2009, Judith McKenna and Richard Barker bought 12 Palms Farm in Cocoa, Florida, 45 miles from Orlando on the East coast of the state. Their property, which had been a horse farm, required months of work clearing pastures and fixing fences before Judith and Richard began the slow business of starting a farm. First, they added a small flock of chickens with the intention of collecting eggs for their own consumption. After some research, they decided that goats would be a great addition to their farm and they added Nubian and Nigerian dairy goats to their 3.5 acre property.

1dr Acres – Prairie du Sac, WI

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Cherrie and Lee Nolden both came from agricultural backgrounds. Cherrie was raised on a five acre “farmette” and Lee spent his summers on his uncles’ farms in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The couple began their own farming ventures in 2001 and since then have raised livestock both in Wisconsin and Kansas. They presently raise Animal Welfare Approved laying hens, meat goats and meat sheep on their 56 acre property next to the farm Lee’s family still owns in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Cricket Creek Farm – Williamstown, MA

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 20, 2011

Jude and Topher Sabot raise Animal Welfare Approved dairy cattle, beef cattle, pigs and laying hens at Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, MA. Cricket Creek Farm is a grass-based dairy located in Williamstown, MA. Nestled on the slopes of the Taconic hills, the farm consists of over 500 acres of rolling fields and woodlots, old apple orchards and sugarbush. Their herd of 40 cows is made up of registered Brown Swiss and Jerseys.

Antibiotic Resistance: Consider the Source

By Andrew Gunther | September 17, 2011

When it comes to public relations there is spin and there is downright deceit. A recent press release from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) on the potential link between antibiotic resistant bacteria and industrialized farming definitely falls into the latter category. At issue here is a statement released by National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf on the new Government Accountability Office report, “Antibiotic Resistance: Agencies Have Made Limited Progress Addressing Antibiotic Use in Animals.” Wolf says, “Not only is there no scientific study linking antibiotic use in food animals to antibiotic resistance in humans, as the U.S. pork industry has continually pointed out, but there isn’t even adequate data to conduct a study.” He continues, “The GAO report on antibiotic resistance issued today confirms this.”

Wolf’s comments are hogwash and he knows it. The truth is that the GAO report does nothing of the sort, nor was that ever its intention. Even from the report title it’s already pretty clear what the overall conclusion is: key government agencies – namely the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) which are primarily responsible for ensuring food safety in the U.S. – are not doing enough to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria to public health.

Willow Creek Ranch – Coon Valley, WI

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 14, 2011

Willow Creek Ranch is located on 150 acres of mixed woodlands, streams, springs and pasture in what is known as the “Driftless Zone” of Southwest Wisconsin, known for its bluffs, rivers, creeks, and glacier-fed springs. In addition to lush pastures, Willow Creek Ranch has seven springs that provide their animals and with water naturally filtered through hundreds of feet of limestone. The Ofte family has farmed the valley for over 150 years and adheres to sustainable practices in raising their Animal Welfare Approved Black Angus Beef.

Gleann Dair Farm – West Chazy, NY

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Shelley Bouyea, Bart Charland and their children Andrew and Matthew raise Animal Welfare Approved laying hens and sheep (wool, breeding stock) at Gleann Dair Farm in West Chazy, NY. While Shelley grew up on a dairy farm and always wanted to farm as an adult Gleann Dair has only been a working farm since 2006.

AWA Announces Landmark Sustainable Meat Conference

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George Washington University’s Urban Food Task Force, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) have joined forces by providing a platform for DC’s vibrant culinary community to focus on strengthening the supply chain for sustainably raised meat.

Stone Hollow Farmstead – Harpersville, AL

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Stone Hollow Farmstead was founded by Deborah and Russell Stone in 1999 in Harpersville, AL. The Stone family comes from a long line of Alabama gardeners and farmers, who share their history in all facets of the farmstead. Lessons learned from Deborah’s grandparents, who ran a sustainable farm and grocery store, are evident in the jars of rose petal jam, the hillside of happy goats, hives of the honeybees, and the heirloom vegetable gardens.

Sermons Farm – Hahira, GA

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 7, 2011

Elton Sermons’s mother and father were farmers. Both of their parents were farmers. So farming is in his blood. He raises Animal Welfare Approved Boer cross bred goats, which are raised for their meat, rather than milk production on about 10 acres of pasture on his farm in southern Georgia.