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Kingbird Farm – Berkshire, NY

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 28, 2012

Karma and Michael Glos and their daughter Rosemary raise Animal Welfare Approved pigs, beef cattle and laying hens 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.”

Terrell Creek Farm – Fordland, MO

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 22, 2012

While Lesley Million grew up on a cattle farm, it’s goats that she wanted from the time she was three years old. She finally got her opportunity when she and her husband Barry bought Terrell Creek Farm, 25 miles east of Springfield, Missouri in 2006. The couple bought dairy goats in 2007 to make a profit from the pastures, forage and woods on their land, which was well suited to the browsing eating habits of goats.

Eagle Catcher Farm & Ranch – Harlingen, TX

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Garner and Nancy Klein established Eagle Catcher Farm and Ranch in Southern Texas’s Rio Grande Valley in 2008. The small farm where Garner grew up had raised cattle, but it wasn’t until he had retired as a physician in Harlingen for 40 years that he and his wife began raising cattle for themselves. Garner’s experience advising his patients on dietary matters inspired him to raise healthier beef that is lower in saturated fats and hasn’t been exposed to antibiotics, growth hormones or pesticides.

Free Radical Ranch —Crittenden, KY

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Jennifer Myka and her husband Thomas Brackman manage Free Radical Ranch, comprising 55 acres of lush green pasture located near the town of Crittenden. On March 2, 2012, the farm house and barn were completely flattened by a devastating tornado, and the family has subsequently relocated approximately one mile 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 in the farm’s history.”

Green Ola Acres – McDonough, GA

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 15, 2012

Philip and Patricia Bennett’s mixed produce and chicken farm grew slowly. In 1992, they left the suburbs to live on 50 acres in McDonough, Georgia, 40 miles south of Atlanta. Patricia, who had grown up with a family garden, started to grow food for the family’s consumption on a small plot. Every year, the garden grew and grew and after a successful trip to the farmers’ market to sell a bumper crop of cucumbers in 2004, the family’s farm business was born.

Wagon Wheel Ranch – Watkinsville, GA

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 12, 2012

Fred Liebl of Wagon Wheel Ranch has been farming since 1970. Although he wasn’t raised on a farm, his grandparents were farmers in New York state where he grew up and worked on a neighbor’s dairy farm. His work with livestock continued during his time in the Airforce when he was stationed in Montana cattle country. While there, Fred worked on ranches helping with roundups and took the first pre-requisite courses towards his veterinary degree. After leaving the Airforce he attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia while farming hogs and cattle. Fred has remained in Georgia and settled on raising beef cattle on his 200 acres family farm, Wagon Wheel Ranch, in the Northeast of the state.

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 free range meats, vegetables and eggs in an environmentally sustainable, biodynamic manner.

Wm. H. Buckley Farm – Valley Falls, NY

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Mark Sacco raises Animal Welfare Approved beef cattle at Wm. H. Buckley Farm in Valley Falls, NY. Wm. H. Buckley Farm is committed to using sustainable agricultural practices while raising their herd of Belted Galloway beef cattle. The Belties, as they are called, are only raised on grasses and are never given growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics.