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Past Ur Time Farm – Rutherfordton, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 9, 2016

Julie and Stephen DeMilt raise Certified AWA pigs at Past Ur Time Farm in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. While neither Julie nor Stephen grew up in a farming family, both had a mutual interest in farming and decided to learn more about it. The interest grew into a passion and they purchased the 30-acre farm near Rutherfordton in 2012. It was the former owner of the farm who first introduced Julie and Stephen to AWA certification; as they became more settled on the farm, they knew they were interested in raising livestock and pursuing AWA certification.

Rag & Frass Farm – Jeffersonville, GA

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Julia Asherman moved to Georgia in 2009, after graduating college with a degree in fine art, and fell in love with the long growing season, hot summers, challenging soil and Southern country ways. With a green thumb inherited from both her mother and grandmother, she began farming and established Rag & Frass Farm in 2012, where she grows vegetables, cut flowers and raises Certified AWA laying hens and ducks for eggs.

Paideia School Farm – Atlanta, GA

By Animal Welfare Approved | August 18, 2016

With the help of student farmers, their families and teachers, Tania Herbert, farm manager of the Paideia School Farm, raises Certified AWA laying hens at a number of small urban farm sites for The Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Grassland Graze – Hamilton, OH

By Animal Welfare Approved | August 11, 2016

Kip and Jen Kummerle raise Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle at Grassland Graze in Hamilton, Ohio. Growing up on his family’s 120-acre farm, Kip always knew he wanted to work with animals. He attended a small college to pursue a veterinary degree, which is where he was introduced to pasture-based agricultural systems. “I quickly learned that livestock on fresh pasture rarely need a veterinarian, and now I see that in my own herd,” Kip explains. “Our cattle rarely get sick because they are kept in balance with their environment.” After college, Kip moved home and started raising cattle, and has been growing the herd ever since.

Red Bird Acres – Corvallis, OR

By Animal Welfare Approved | August 5, 2016

Laura and Robin Sage have a deep love for the outdoors. They worked as educators and guides for many years but eventually put down roots in the Pacific Northwest. They had been producing their own food for a while before they decided to make a living through farming. To make the transition easier, Robin took on a year-long apprenticeship on a pasture-based livestock operation. They found land to lease soon after the apprenticeship ended—and their farming career began!

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