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Archive for December, 2011

Top 11 of 2011

By Andrew Gunther | December 28, 2011

Dear Friends,

As the year comes to an end, it’s a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to our friends, farmers and ranchers, consumers, advocates, donors, and everyone else who has helped give the future of sustainable farming room to grow and flourish.

And what a year it has been! Animal Welfare Approved has yet again experienced a fantastic year of growth and innovation, driven by the ever-increasing demand for healthy, environmentally friendly and high-welfare products. Here are some highlights of significant milestones we have achieved over the last year. None of this could have been achieved without your continued support.

South Texas Heritage Pork – Floresville, TX

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 14, 2011

Kelley and Mark Escobedo of South Texas Heritage Pork raise hogs on 120 acres in South Texas. They began raising pigs in 2008 with the desire to provide better food for their family. Kelley and Mark purchased a pig that produced some of the best pork they had ever tasted and provided the peace of mind of knowing exactly what they were eating because they had complete control over what their animals were fed.

Bird’s Eye View Farm – Pocomoke City, MD

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Famously, Carole Morison and her husband, Frank, walked away after more than two decades raising birds under contract for Perdue on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her decision earned her a starring role in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc., in which she gave viewers an inside look at the industrial system and its negative impacts on animals and farmers.

Wise Acre Farm – Arbuckle, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved |

Mary Fahey started Wise Acre Farm in 1997 when she purchased her first acreage in Arbuckle, CA. Although she had no prior background in farming, Mary had always kept an extensive vegetable garden as well as a variety of pets. Wise Acre Farm began as a small market garden and CSA and has now grown to over 20 acres producing a variety of fruits and vegetables, almonds and Animal Welfare Approved pastured eggs.