White Fox of Freestone is a small 6 acre farm located in Sebastopol, California. Farmer and veterinarian, Nancy Walters, began growing organic blueberries on her land in 2009. Having raised chickens since childhood, she knew that introducing a flock of laying hens to her fields would benefit both the berries and the birds.
The pasture-raised flock at White Fox is a mix of different breeds, with Americana, Anacona, Buff Orpington, Wyandotte, Austrolorp, Campine, and Rhode Island Red hens, providing a regular supply of white, brown and even blue-shelled eggs. The chickens enjoy pasturing among the 400 or so certified organic blueberry bushes, with shade from the summer sun and access to a diverse natural diet of insects and seeds. In return, the blueberries benefit from the manure that the chickens deposit, as well as the natural control of insect pests that the birds provide. “It’s a commensal relationship,” says Nancy.
Margo and Jerry White raise Certified AWA laying hens at Margo’s Garden in Buffalo, WV. The farm has also been approved to supply Certified AWA cattle breeding and feeder stock. The Whites raise Angus cross-bred cattle and traditional breeds of chickens on pasture, feeding home-grown hay during the winter months. Margo and Jerry also grow a wide range of vegetables, using a high tunnel (or hoop house) to enable them to produce early and late season crops.
Jill Matney raises Certified AWA laying hens at Matney Farm in Valdosta, Georgia. Pasture-based management practices, like those utilized at Matney Farm, not only provide the highest welfare conditions for the hens, but also produce healthier eggs containing three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the omega-3 fatty acids as industrial eggs.
Glendale Shepherd is a family owned and operated dairy farm on Whidbey Island, committed to sustainable agriculture practices and the production of fine sheep’s milk cheeses. Located on the lovely eastern coastline of Whidbey Island, the farm–now operated by Lynn and Stan Swanson–has been in the Swanson family for three generations. With forest, pasture, ponds, and meadows, the farm provides a diversity of high-quality habitat for both livestock and wildlife. The Swanson family’s goals are to produce the highest quality sheep milk cheeses possible and to nurture the land, their family, and their livestock through the use of creative, sustainable farming methods.
Rory and Patrice Whittle raise Certified AWA raise laying hens, beef cattle, and pigs on pasture at Double R Farms in Asher, Oklahoma.
In 2006, Garry and Ming Adams bought the 2,000-acre property they call Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch. Their plan was to create a unique location where guests could stay and explore the McElmo Canyon in southwest Colorado, where the ranch is situated. They began by renovating the historic buildings on the property to preserve and highlight the rich legacy and beautiful landscape. It was not until later that Garry and Ming decided to raise Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle and sheep, and Certified AWA laying hens on pasture and range. Their aim was not only to provide fresh, high-welfare and sustainable food for their guests, but also to supply restaurants and retail outlets in the area.