Randy Cruz raises AWA-certified laying hens at Cruz Ranch in the small community of Sapello, about 15 miles north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Chickens raised according to the AWA standards are given continual access to pasture or range to forage for insects and seeds, and have the opportunity to perform natural and instinctive behaviors essential to their health and well-being, such as scratching, pecking, and dust bathing. Scientific research shows that pasture-raised eggs contain three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the amount of omega 3 fatty acids as industrial eggs.
Cruz Ranch is a member of Los de Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative, Inc., a producer-owned cooperative made up of 35 family farms and ranches. In 2013, the board decided that all member farms selling eggs through the Cooperative should have AWA certification. Selling eggs through the Cooperative allows the smaller producers like Randy to aggregate their products, so they can sell to larger accounts that no individual farm member could supply on their own.
Pasture-raised eggs from Cruz Ranch are available in AWA-branded egg cartons through the Los De Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative at various local supermarkets, as well as direct to consumers. For more information, contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 500-4467.