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Archive for April, 2012

Blakemore Farm – Buskirk, New York

By Animal Welfare Approved | April 11, 2012

Lawrence and Cynthia Blakemore have owned Blakemore Farm in upstate New York on the Vermont border between the Adirondack and Green Mountains since 1979. The couple began the farm with a couple of dairy calves for their son’s 4-H showing and the beginnings of a Hereford herd which in time grew to over 50 cows and calves. With the arrival of their first grandchild, they sold the herd to have time to visit their son and his family, who lived several hours away.

Oak Spring Farm – Freeland, MD

By Animal Welfare Approved |

Six years ago, farmer Lisa Duff moved to Oak Spring Farm with her husband, Steven, and their children, Sammi, Henry and Isabelle. Although the land was originally part of a much larger property, it had not been farmed for more than a decade before the Duffs purchased the farmhouse and surrounding five acres.

Raising chickens, gardening, and riding horses during her childhood had inspired Lisa to study Integrated Biology at college, which led on to a career as a high school science teacher. With a passion for the environment, Lisa sponsored a garden club at her school, where raising vegetables was an integral part of the general science curriculum. When the Duffs moved to the farm, Lisa began farming on a small scale. Her primary goal was that the farm should provide her family with wholesome, sustainable, and safe food. However, Lisa’s love of growing food quickly developed into a passion for sharing it with others, giving her a strong sense of place and purpose.