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Casa Verde Organic Farm – Cleveland, NM

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 2, 2015

Denise and Mo Sarfehjoo raise Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at Casa Verde Organic Farm in Cleveland, New Mexico, a small community in the Mora Valley in the northern part of the state. Denise and Mo moved to Cleveland from Northern Ohio in 2011 and fell in love with the land. In spite of its drastic difference from their home state, the couple has enjoyed learning how to grow vegetables in their new home, benefitting from the knowledge and support of fellow farmers in the Mora Valley. AWA certification verifies that the Sarfehjoos’ chickens are raised according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on a family farm. Chickens are able to perform their natural behaviors, like flapping their wings, pecking and scratching for bugs and insects, and taking dust baths.

Swamp Fox Farm, LLC – Cleveland, NM

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Todd and Suzanne Cole raises a flock of Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at 35-acre Swamp Fox Farm in Cleveland, New Mexico, a small community in the Mora Valley of northern New Mexico. Todd grew up on a homestead dairy farm in rural Connecticut, so producing his own food as an adult has come naturally–and taking good care of his animals was a logical extension: “It allows us to eat with a clean conscience,” Todd explains.

Eastman Farm – Barnard, VT

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 9, 2015

Joseph and Amy Morel, along with the help of employee, Matthew Farrington, raise Certified AWA beef cattle and pigs at Eastman Farm in Windsor County, Vermont. Joseph is a seventh generation farmer: “I grew up on a farm and I feel like my parents helped instill in me a strong empathy for animals,” says Joseph. “I got back into farming because I had young children and I knew I wanted to feed them better food. To me, treating animals well is the most important thing. I’ve gotten so much out of my relationship with animals over my life.”

Millstone Farm – Wilton, CT

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 3, 2015

Millstone Farm in Wilton, Connecticut, is home to Certified AWA laying hens, pigs, and sheep, managed by Betsy Fink, owner, and the farm’s manager, Johnny Cameron. The focus at Millstone Farm is to make local food production the norm, rather than the exception. Millstone Farm is dedicated to producing food for the local community using only sustainable, environmentally sound and high-welfare agricultural techniques.

Dill Family Farm – Deerfield, NH

By Animal Welfare Approved | August 27, 2015

Alden and Catherine Dill raise Certified AWA beef cattle at Dill Family Farm in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Both Alden and Catherine grew up on dairy farms: “We wanted to make sure we had something to pass on to our kids,” says Alden. “Our farm was built in 1790 and has been a productive farm the entire time. We were the first people to buy the property out of the family, but we’ve committed to keeping it an active farm.”

Lee-Lynns Farm and Ranch—Barry, TX

By Animal Welfare Approved | August 26, 2015

Rick Tantlinger and Terry Lundberg raised Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Lee-Lynns Farm and Ranch in Barry, Texas. “Truly sustainable livestock farming requires the use of a pasture-based system,” explains Rick. “In addition to dramatically improving the welfare of farm animals, pasturing also helps reduce environmental damage, and yields meat, eggs, and dairy products that are tastier and more nutritious than foods produced on factory farms.” Research shows that pasture-based management is not only better for animal welfare, but results in tasty and nutritious eggs with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to conventional eggs.

Cloud 9 Farms – Penrose, CO

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Kelly and Abi Criswell started down the path to becoming pasture-based farmers because they wanted to eat fresh, nutrient-dense foods. After growing out of a small backyard garden, in 2010 they bought a five-acre farm in Penrose, Colorado, and began scaling up production. Judging that their pastures were best suited to cattle, they bought a dairy cow for milk and a flock of mixed breed laying hens for pastured eggs.

OZ Family Farm – Valley Ford, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | July 31, 2015

Although Kelly Osman’s birth family (the Furlongs) has raised sheep along the northern California coast for generations, she never expected to end up working as a farmer herself. However, as Kelly puts it, “kids drive the cart once they come along” and before they knew it, Kelly and her husband, Gary, were helping their children to raise small animals in 4-H. While returning to her ranch roots was unexpected, the Osmans embraced the way of life completely. Raising their family on a ranch has exposed Kelly and Gary’s children to an agricultural lifestyle that has been lost to many, and instills a sense of responsibility and compassion that Kelly believes is only possible through working with animals. As they built the kids’ breeding program, the Osmans would invariably have extra animals, which they began offering to local restaurants. When the children moved on to other projects, Kelly assumed the majority of the animal husbandry and began slowly growing their livestock operation to meet the demand for locally produced, high-welfare meat, and their children’s 4-H project turned into a family business.

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