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Archive for February, 2012

Kingbird Farm – Berkshire, NY

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 28, 2012

Karma and Michael Glos and their daughter Rosemary raise Certified AWA pigs, beef cattle, laying hens, meat chickens, and ducks at Kingbird Farm in Berkshire, NY. Before starting Kingbird Farm, Karma and Michael both gardened extensively with their families growing up and then went on to apprentice with farmers. They purchased their current land in 1995, became certified organic in 1998 and ever since they’ve worked to build a diverse, productive, and sustainable family farm. Karma says, “It is very important to us that our farm be ecologically, financially, socially, and emotionally sustainable. We want to raise food in the very best way we can so we can feed the community around us.”

Eagle Catcher Farm & Ranch – Harlingen, TX

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Garner and Nancy Klein established Eagle Catcher Farm and Ranch in southern Texas’ Rio Grande Valley in 2008. Garner grew up on a small farm that raised cattle, but it wasn’t until after he retired from his 40-year career as a physician that he and his wife began raising animals themselves. Garner’s experience advising his patients on dietary matters inspired him to raise healthier animal products that are lower in unhealthy fats and have not been exposed to antibiotics, growth hormones or pesticides.

Free Radical Ranch —Crittenden, KY

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Jennifer Myka raises Certified AWA laying hens and Certified Grassfed by AGW Katahdin sheep at Free Radical Ranch, with 17 acres of lush green pasture on the rolling hills near Piner, Kentucky. On March 2, 2012, the original farm house and barn were completely destroyed by a devastating tornado, and Free Radical Ranch has subsequently relocated approximately two miles from its original location. “It’s amazing no one on our lane and none of our animals were injured,” says Jennifer. “We were grateful for the help that AWA provided during this very difficult time.”

Jersey Girls Dairy – Chester, VT

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 7, 2012

Lisa Kaiman raises Animal Welfare Approved dairy cattle and laying hens at Jersey Girls Dairy in Chester, VT. Prior to starting her own dairy in 1999, Lisa had worked on other dairies for a decade before starting her own. Lisa milks a herd of 20 Jersey cows in a “cow-friendly”, as Lisa calls it, intensive rotational grazing system and has a flock of about 250 pastured laying hens.

Will Yours Be A Sustainable Super Bowl Sunday?

By Andrew Gunther | February 2, 2012

No one takes health and fitness more seriously than today’s top football players. So isn’t it kind of absurd that as we watch Sunday’s game we will all be bombarded by advertisements for some of the unhealthiest junk food imaginable? And as we admire the speed, strength and agility of our gridiron heroes, chances are that most of the millions of chicken wings and burgers that will be consumed at Super Bowl parties across the U.S. will have come from industrialized livestock farming systems that are damaging to the environment, to animal welfare, and ultimately to our own health.

As two titans of the football world clash this Sunday, there is one Titan football player who is already leading by example. Will Witherspoon is linebacker for the Tennessee Titans – and a sustainable farmer. Will is passionate about producing healthy and nutritious food on his Animal Welfare Approved Shire Gate Farm near Owensville, Missouri. As a professional athlete involved in one of the world’s most physical sports, Will is particularly aware of the health benefits of grassfed, high-welfare farming.

“My cattle are raised as nature intended, on grass, and aren’t fed growth hormones, antibiotics or other unnatural additives,” says Will. “As a pro football player, I can’t take over-the-counter cold medicine without letting my trainer know about it. So why would I want my kids eating beef from cattle fed hormones or routine antibiotics?”

Landon Farm, LLC – Madison, VA

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 1, 2012

Landon Farm is a small family run farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain. Farmer Jennifer Sisney strives to provide quality pasture-raised meats, vegetables and eggs in an environmentally sustainable, biodynamic manner.

True Grass Farms/Conlan Ranches – Valley Ford, CA

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When farmer Guido Frosini began farming at Conlan Ranches – land that has been in his family since 1867 – he established True Grass Farms with the goal of growing the healthiest, highest quality foods possible, while maintaining the highest standards of land stewardship and animal welfare.