By Andrew Gunther
| December 28, 2011
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.
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.
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.