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Buchholz and Son Farms, LLC— Mount Angel, OR

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Buchholz and Son Farms, LLC is a small, third-generation family farm in the heart of the Willamette Valley, near Mount Angel in Oregon. Carl Buccholz’s father bought the land with his brother in 1966. After many years working off the farm, Carl returned in 2014 after a strong sense of connection to his home drew him back. Working closely with his aging father, Carl now manages the family’s orchard of fruit and nut trees, a large vegetable garden, and a flock of pasture-raised Certified AWA laying hens.

Beartrack Farm – Turkey, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | February 13, 2015

Sharon Funderburk was born and raised on a dairy farm in Union County, North Carolina. She grew up helping her grandfather milk cows, plant fields, and harvest produce. “By the time I went to college,” Sharon says, “I wanted to study something completely apart from agriculture.” After studying cultural anthropology, Sharon took some time off to work on a farm before pursuing a Master of Science in horticulture at North Carolina State University. Sharon then worked for 15 years as a consultant, offering agronomic services to farmers before the opportunity arose for her to work in corporate organics management. In 2010, feeling the pull to return to her roots on the farm, Sharon purchased 50 acres of woodlands and pasture in Turkey, NC, which would become Beartrack Farm. Sharon has been farming full time at Beartrack Farm since June 2013, and raises Certified AWA beef cattle, sheep, laying hens, and pigs. She has added a greenhouse, barn, grain bins, and a home for her to live in, all the while paying special attention to developing habitats and systems that promote the health and well-being of the animals—both farmed and wild.

Fieldstone Acres – Campbell, NY

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Aaron Moultrup, general construction business owner, and his wife, Kerry, a teacher, both grew up in hardworking families. When they decided to buy an old farmhouse and land in the southern tier of New York state neither of them had any real farming experience. Not wanting the property to sit idle, they soon got “the itch” to farm and started plowing and planting the fields. As time went on, and kids came along and jobs consumed the majority of their time, they decided to put up some fences and begin raising animals. Today, Aaron and Kerry raise Certified AWA beef cattle on 450 acres of pasture at Fieldstone Acres in Campbell, New York, with the help of Rob Deyoung Jr., friend and farm partner.

Jacar Produce – Clayton, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 23, 2015

In 2009, after his construction job came to an end, James Taylor decided to make use of his grandfather’s former horse farm to become a first-generation organic produce farmer, and established Jacar Produce, a 150-acre farm located in Clayton, North Carolina.

Los Vallecitos Grass Fed Meats – Mora, NM

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 16, 2015

Los Vallecitos Grass Fed Meats sits at almost 9,000 feet elevation, with beautiful views of the Mora Valley. The farm is comprised of 600 acres, 300 of which have belonged to Richard Fresquez’s family since the time of Spanish land grants that were established in New Mexico during the 17th Century. Today, he and his partner, Carla Gomez, who purchased an adjoining 300-acre property, raise Certified AWA meat sheep, meat goats, beef cattle, and laying hens on the land where his ancestors raised food long before them.

Southpaw Farm – Lincolnton, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 14, 2015

Scott and Madyson Millard raise Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Southpaw Farm in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Because the laying hens at Southpaw Farm are managed in pasture-based systems, they have constant access to pasture or range, they have plenty of room to perform natural behaviors like running, foraging, pecking, dust bathing, and scratching for grubs and seeds under the North Carolina sunshine. Not only is pasture management far better for animal welfare but it is also less likely to cause environmental degradation. It also results in tasty and nutritious eggs with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids than conventional eggs!

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