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Treasured Sunrise Acres – Parma, ID

By Animal Welfare Approved |

In 2009, Debra Jantzi and her nine children turned their hobby of producing their own cow’s milk into a source of income when they moved from the Willamette Valley in Oregon to the Treasure Valley of western Idaho, where they initially rented a small dairy. Although the family had been milking animals since 1997, Debra admits the move to commercial milk production was a steep learning curve: “We had no idea how a commercial dairy worked or what we were getting ourselves into!” With access to an old dairy facility–and the help and advice of a local retired dairyman–they were able to obtain their license in May 2010, allowing them to provide customers with the same high-quality fresh milk the family had been enjoying for years.

Rodale Institute – Kutztown, PA

By Animal Welfare Approved | April 6, 2015

Rodale Institute, a 333-acre working farm near Kutztown, PA, is one of the world’s leading non-profit research facilities dedicated to organic farming. Founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, the Rodale Institute is committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, as well as advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about the healthiest options for people and the planet. The pigs, laying hens, and dairy goats at Rodale Institute are now Certified AWA, further demonstrating the organization’s commitment to the care of animals, land and the local community.

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.

Meadow Lane Beef, LLC – Louisburg, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | April 1, 2015

Martha Mobley raises Certified AWA beef cattle and meat sheep at Meadow Lane Beef, LLC, in Louisburg, North Carolina. Situated among the rolling pastures of Franklin County, Meadow Lane Beef has been a working farm since 1919.

Auntie Annie’s Fields—Dundas, MN

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 16, 2015

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.

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