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Wingham Farms – Manning, OR

By Animal Welfare Approved | April 2, 2015

In 2013, when Daniel Lee and Julie Sikkink’s children were grown and gone, the couple decided to put their passion for good food into practice by purchasing Wingham Farms in the Willamette Valley. The 100-acre property allowed both Daniel and Julie to get back to their farming roots: Julie is a fifth generation farmer and had always dreamt of having a farm of her own; Daniel had worked his way through university in England by laboring on farms.

Work Horse Organic Agriculture (WHOA Farm) – Santa Rosa, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 16, 2015

Work Horse Organic Agriculture (WHOA) was established on 16 acres in Santa Rosa, California, in 2011 by Eddie Gelsman and his wife, Wendy Mardigian. From the very outset, the non-profit’s focus was to produce “the best food money can’t buy”—providing sustainably grown food at no cost to thousands of families who are living in poverty in the community. Balyn and Elli Rose, who had both studied agroecology at UC Santa Cruz, and had been farming in Sonoma County since 2008, joined WHOA in 2012 to manage the farm.

Auntie Annie’s Fields—Dundas, MN

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Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Ian Rhoades raise Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Auntie Annie’s Fields in Dundas, Minnesota. Growing up, Elizabeth’s father always kept a small flock of laying hens, and she and Ian went on to work on vegetable farms and a dairy farm before settling down in Minneapolis.

The Good Farm (thegoodfarm) – Cobble Hill, BC

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 12, 2015

Located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and speckled with Big Leaf Sugar Maples, thegoodfarm is a five-acre parcel of land where Barbara Houston raises 140 Certified AWA laying ducks. Her passion for farming and ducks came from her love of animals–and the nutritious eggs that ducks produce–and she established thegoodfarm in 2013 with the core values of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare.

Capella Grazing Project – Bodega Bay, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 27, 2015

In 2011, Marie Hoff began calling farmers and asking them if she could come visit their farms. She had no experience working on farms, but she knew that she liked to work outside, she liked working at farmers’ market stands, and she liked farmers. She started working where she could, learning from experience and research, and very quickly realized her interests lay with sheep and fiber.

Traders Hill Farms –Hilliard, FL

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 25, 2015

Angela TenBroeck and Richard Blaudow raise Certified AWA laying hens at Traders Hill Farms in Hilliard, Florida. The laying hens at Traders Hill Farms have constant access to pasture or range with plenty of room to perform natural behaviors like running, foraging, pecking, dust bathing, and scratching for grubs and seeds under the Florida sunshine. Not only is pasture management far better for animal welfare but it is also less likely to cause environmental degradation–and results in better tasting, more nutritious eggs, too! Research shows pasture-raised eggs have more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to conventional eggs.

Schmidt Farm –Saint Stephens Church, VA

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Howard Schmidt moved to Saint Stephens Church, Virginia, to escape city life in Richmond and have an opportunity to do what he enjoys—farming. Located on 20 acres, Schmidt Farm is surrounded by Virginia’s beautiful meandering creeks and woodlands. Howard began farming by raising goats and miniature horses, but started to manage pigs several years ago. “I happened upon some hogs from my neighbor,” he explains, “and got interested in traditional breeds from there.”

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