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.
Jim Grillo, along with the help of his niece, Catherine Barfield, and her husband, Bradlee, raise Certified AWA laying hens at Northshire Farm in West Winfield, New York. Jim has been farming for over 30 years and originally owned a farm on Long Island. Northshire Farm is a thriving farming business and the 180-acre property consists of a mix of woodland and pasture, with the Unadilla River that runs throughout.
BJ and Amanda Callahan started their agricultural journey shortly after college while they were living in Denver, Colorado. As newlyweds, they became increasingly interested in food and cooking, and decided to start growing fresh ingredients in a small backyard garden. They added three chickens and were soon hooked on growing fresh food and raising animals.
In 2006, Christina Gordon began farming in the foothills of north Georgia with two goats to provide healthy milk and a small market garden for produce. Since then, the two goats grew into a small herd of 17, the farm became USDA Certified Organic, and Christina began the process of making goat milk soap, farm fresh cheese and teaching farming and outdoor education workshops with the help of many friends and family.
Rob Staples and his wife, Verde Shaffer, manage a herd of Certified AWA pigs at Hog Haven Farm, a 22-acre family farm located in Columbia, VA. The pastures, which have supported both cattle and sheep in the past, gently slope down from the edges to a 6-acre wooded section in the center, which surrounds a natural spring. These woods serve as a hub for the pasture-raised pigs, which are rotationally grazed on the surrounding pasture and range. In addition to the pigs, Hog Haven also manages a flock of Certified AWA laying hens, which are raised outdoors on pasture as well.
Gretta Winkelbauer and Eric Strong raise Certified AWA dairy goats outdoors on pasture at Short Leg Farm in Pecatonica, Illinois.
Shellee Machado raises Certified AWA laying hens at 7-acre Kanu Farms in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. AWA certification verifies that Shellee is raising her chickens according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture. Scientific research shows that pasture-raised eggs contain three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the amount of omega 3 fatty acids as industrial eggs. To learn more about Kanu Farms, contact Shellee at email@example.com or 808-259-3483.