Sanford and Debbie Fishel raise Certified AWA pigs at Fishel Organic Farm in Grassy Creek, North Carolina. “I’ve been around farming all my life, and we have farmed on our own for 40 years,” says Sanford. “We currently manage a herd of about 25 Certified AWA pasture-raised hogs, as well as 30 acres of organic vegetables, 35 acres of pumpkins and 300 acres of Christmas trees.”
Once upon a time, there was a young woman who dreamed of having a job where she could work outside in the sunshine and not be cooped up in an office, stuck in front of a computer screen. She longed to own her own business, where she would be her own boss. So, in 2013, Heather Stovall acquired 5 acres of farmland outside Vacaville, California, and established Once Upon a Farm. In addition to a diverse produce business, Heather now raises 90 Certified AWA laying hens, supplying delicious, pasture-raised eggs to her local community.
After a 20-year career as an engineer, working in corporate technology, Cindy Hamrick wanted a change for her family that reflected their long-time interest and concern for sustainable agriculture and food production. In 2011, Cindy and her three sons started farming and eventually built what became Carolina Farmhouse Dairy, a 15-acre family farm located in Bahama, North Carolina. The Hamricks wanted to raise dairy cows, and they also noticed that yogurt was a dairy product missing from local food outlets in their area, so they began looking into the possibility of creating a farmstead yogurt business. They haven’t looked back!
Rainer and Gigi Krumsiek emigrated from Germany to British Columbia in 1993. Two years later, they purchased Big Bear Ranch—2,300 acres of mixed pasture and woodland in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains and the perfect place to fulfill their dream of living from the land. The family went to work making the property a functioning farm and home.
Vanessa Riva and Laura Smith raise Certified Grassfed by AWA sheep, Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle and Certified AWA pigs at Stark Hollow Farm in Caledonia County, Vermont.
Jason and Christina Morris, along with their sons, Micah and Eli, raise Certified AWA goat breeding stock at Blessed Acres Farm in Crofton, southwest Kentucky. An old cattle farm, Blessed Acres Farm consists primarily of pasture, but also includes some wooded areas and meandering creeks. Christina, a science and social studies teacher, grew up on a small cattle farm; so when she and Jason, a firefighter and EMT, acquired 50 acres of land, they decided to start raising goats.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 19, 2016
For over 20 years, David Crafton worked in the commercial electrical field while farming part-time in Maryland, raising rabbits, chickens and cattle, and tending bountiful gardens. In 2012, however, David began farming full-time at Six Oaks Farm in Norway, South Carolina.
Moosehorn Mountain Farm is a small diversified family farm, situated at the foot of Moosehorn Mountain in Wells, VT. Farmers Kris and Lilly met at Green Mountain College in 2010, where they both studied sustainable agriculture and discovered their shared passion for humane, sustainable, healthy food production. They went on to work for several local farms after college, before starting their own small “incubator” farm, Twin Falls Farm, in Whitehall, NY.
Sara, Chad and Evie Fraker raise Certified AWA laying ducks at Willow Creek Ducks in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Sara grew up in the city; her parents were certified Master Gardener parents and rented community garden plots where they raised most of the family’s vegetables. When Sara and her husband, Chad, moved to the country two years ago, they purchased 10 acres of woods backed by a winding creek and started gardening, added fruit trees for their family’s use. Before too long, they added a flock of Certified AWA laying ducks for eggs.