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Three Stars Farm — Ceres, VA

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 30, 2015

Jeff and Rachelle Kopp, along with their children–Hailey, AJ, Mason and Peyton–raise Certified AWA dairy goats at Three Stars Farm near Ceres in Virginia. The 40-acre farm is situated amidst the mountains of southwest Virginia, where the significant elevation changes create a truly beautiful backdrop.

Holder’s Livestock — Garner, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 18, 2015

Jarvin Holder raises Certified AWA pigs at Holder’s Livestock in Garner, North Carolina. Jarvin utilizes pasture-based farming systems to ensure his animals have constant access to ranging and foraging areas throughout their lives. The pigs at Holder’s Livestock have room to roam and demonstrate natural behaviors, like rooting, grazing and exploring with their snouts. They are regularly moved to fresh ground to avoid the build-up of disease and parasites. Ensuring animals have continual access to pasture or range is a fundamental component of AWA’s farm standards. Research shows this type of pasture-based management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health—as well as producing delicious pork!

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.

Brattset Family Farm—Jefferson, WI

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Second generation farmer Kirsten Jurcek and her family (Pat, Jessica and Jacob Jurcek), her brother, Damon, and his family (Trish and Bethany Brattset), and their mother, Weenonah Brattset, raise Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle and Certified AWA dairy cattle on 146 acres of pasture at Brattset Family Farm in the rolling drumlin fields of southeast Wisconsin.

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.