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Northshire Farm – West Winfield, NY

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 15, 2016

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.

Callywood Farms – Westminster, SC

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 8, 2016

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.

Fun Frolic Farm – Burnsville, NC

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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.

Hog Haven Farm – Columbia, VA

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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.

Kanu Farms, LLC – Waimanalo, HI

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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 or 808-259-3483.

Lupo Farm / Naturally Grass Fed – Fort Ann, NY

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 5, 2016

Lupo Farm is operated by Shasho Pole, and is situated near Fort Ann in beautiful upstate New York, close to the Vermont border. Lupo Farm raises Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle and Certified AWA pigs. Shasho explains the farm’s low-input, sustainable methods: “We use no artificial fertilizer in use on the farm – nothing but what is left behind by our animals.”

Diamond Hills Farms – Ghent, NY

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 22, 2015

As a child, Jason Detzel spent many field trips sneaking off into barns or checking out tractors whenever he had the chance. He always had a love for biology and the soil, which kept him busy throughout college. But it wasn’t until he was 10 years into a career as a social worker that he decided to get serious about farming.

Piney Grove Farms – Nelson, VA

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 17, 2015

Kevin Bass raises Certified AWA pigs at Piney Grove Farms in Nelson, Virginia—located in Mecklenburg County in the southern portion of the state. The pigs at Piney Grove Farms are raised outdoors on pasture or range, where they are free to root, forage and demonstrate natural behaviors. This high-welfare management is a fundamental component of AWA certification and is known to have environmental, nutritional, and culinary benefits.

Black Cat Farm – Longmont, CO

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Jill and Eric Skokan did not begin their careers in agriculture. In 2006, the couple opened the Black Cat, a farm-to-table restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, and began producing food in their backyard inspired by the ingredients that Eric, a chef, loved to prepare. Each year, their garden expanded until it filled their backyard and overflowed into a shared neighborhood garden. Eventually, the Skokans were able to take advantage of open space just outside Boulder that Boulder City and County had preserved for public and agricultural use, becoming the first to establish a small market farm on the land. Today, Black Cat Farm comprises of 88 acres where they grow a diverse array of produce and herbs, as well as raising Certified AWA laying hens and meat sheep.