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This Thanksgiving, Eat Like A Pilgrim

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 25, 2014

Here at AWA, we’ve been thinking a lot about this special holiday and how we may have more in common with our ancestors than we think. Upon arriving in America, the early pilgrims ate what was locally available (granted, they didn’t have an alternative!). This happened to be animals that ranged and foraged in the woods and pastures, eating a diet specific to their natural needs and free from non-therapeutic antibiotics or added hormones. Sounds like a Certified AWA farm, doesn’t it? Meat, dairy, and eggs from animals raised outdoors on pasture or range is better for you, better for farmers, and better for the planet all great reasons to give thanks.

Joint Letter to the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef Executive Committee

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 19, 2014

While the GRSB states that it has deliberately avoided outlining indicators, metrics or practices on the basis they are “only applicable in a narrow range of environments and systems and therefore need to be developed at the local level,” we believe that in order to be credible, any further local and international work in this area must properly tackle the following fundamental limitations of the GRSB’s Principles and Criteria report—and the industrial beef production model itself.

Freedom Run Farm — Shelbyville, KY

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 14, 2014

Valerie Samutin and her family raise Certified AWA laying hens, beef cattle, and sheep at Freedom Run Farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Their love of good food and desire for a change in lifestyle prompted their move from Chicago, and solidified their decision to begin farming.

Wide Sky Farm – Sequim, WA

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 31, 2014

One of the first things Liann Finnerty and Dan Long did when they bought five acres of land in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington in 2011 was to buy a small flock of laying hens. Although Dan had raised chickens before, it was Liann’s first experience of raising animals for food. But those few birds proved to be the start of a new farm business: Today, Dan and Liann manage 100 Certified AWA laying hens at Wide Sky Farm on four acres of pasture overlooking Puget Sound.

S and K Farm — Melrose, FL

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Stephanie O’Brien began farming three years ago when she decided that raising goats would be a great thing to do after her husband, Kevin, retired. After purchasing her first goats, Stephanie told Kevin she “couldn’t believe she’d gone 50 years without goats in her life.” Since then, Stephanie has taken classes in goat production and learned about farming and pasture-based production on S and K Farm’s 28 acres of woodland and pasture in Melrose, Florida.

Redfeather Farm – Duvall, WA

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Nate and Janya Veranth’s journey to becoming farmers didn’t start until 2007. They were living and going to school in Seattle and wanted open space for their three adopted border collies. After much searching, the couple finally found an old forest property on 40 acres in Duvall, 25 miles northeast of Seattle. After moving to the property in 2007, Nate and Janya spent the next five years building infrastructure before they began adding livestock to the farm they named Redfeather.

Stone Spirit Farm – Benson, VT

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 24, 2014

Bud Stone raises Certified AWA beef cattle at Stone Spirit Farm in Benson, Vermont. The cattle roam 500 acres of species-rich pasture, eating grass and hay, and drinking clear mountain spring water directly from the farm’s own springs. The hardy cattle are managed outdoors on the well-maintained pasture and woodland year-round.

Hanchett Farm—Moloaa, HI

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Hilly and partially forested, Hanchett Farm is a 300-acre farm on the island of Kauai, where Keoa Hanchett’s pasture-raised chickens have plenty of room to roam, forage, and produce his sought after Certified AWA chicken eggs.

Sunnybrook Farm – Trout Lake, WA

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In 2011, Rebecca Wellman and Michael Kelly moved to Trout Lake, Washington, to farm land Rebecca’s family purchased in 2004. Located near the Columbia River Gorge, Sunnybrook Farm’s 44 acres is nestled among some of the most breathtaking mountains in the country, and is a beautiful mix of fields and forest, watered by irrigation ditches channeling glacial water from nearby Mount Adams.

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