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Family Farms

Stone Spirit Farm – Benson, VT

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 24, 2014

Bud Stone raises Certified AWA beef cattle at Stone Spirit Farm in Benson, Vermont. The cattle roam 500 acres of species-rich pasture, eating grass and hay, and drinking clear mountain spring water directly from the farm’s own springs. The hardy cattle are managed outdoors on the well-maintained pasture and woodland year-round.

Hanchett Farm—Moloaa, HI

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 16, 2014

Hilly and partially forested, Hanchett Farm is a 300-acre farm on the island of Kauai, where Keoa Hanchett’s pasture-raised chickens have plenty of room to roam, forage, and produce his sought after Certified AWA chicken eggs.

Sunnybrook Farm – Trout Lake, WA

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In 2011, Rebecca Wellman and Michael Kelly moved to Trout Lake, Washington, to farm land Rebecca’s family purchased in 2004. Located near the Columbia River Gorge, Sunnybrook Farm’s 44 acres is nestled among some of the most breathtaking mountains in the country, and is a beautiful mix of fields and forest, watered by irrigation ditches channeling glacial water from nearby Mount Adams.

Madrone Coast Farm – Felton, CA

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After 22 years working in the high-tech industry in California’s Silicon Valley, Alison Charter-Smith wanted to do something truly worthwhile. She had already bought 97 acres of land near the mountain town of Felton, about six miles north of Santa Cruz, California, with her husband, Tony Jaehnichen. In 2010, she quit her job and began farming full time, establishing a flock of pasture-raised laying hens, which she housed in the big chicken coop that already existed on the property. In 2011, Tony sold his business and joined Alison on the farm. Alison and Tony named the farm Madrone Coast Farm, after the madrone trees that populate much of their land, along with redwoods, oak and maples. Their goal was to contribute to their community by producing great food.

Cherry Grove Farm – Princeton, NJ

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 1, 2014

In 1987, the three Hamill brothers inherited almost 500 acres of undeveloped farm land in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area of New Jersey. Their ancestors had been farming here since before the Revolutionary War, and this particular parcel had been in the family since 1902. Conservation and locally-grown food are passions of the Hamill family, so the brothers planned to regenerate their land by embracing organic farming methods and using traditional pastoral techniques as a guide such as rotational grazing and multi-flock grazing.

Prairie Haven Farm – Colorado Springs, CO

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 30, 2014

In 2004, Dawn and Don Shelstad decided they wanted to begin growing food for their community. In the time it took them to find a suitable piece of land, they began researching sustainable farming methods and learning from more knowledgeable friends. They eventually established Prairie Haven Farm on a windy, arid piece of land in the high desert prairie, east of Colorado Springs. The Shelstads started with a small number of chickens, adapting the most holistic methods for animal husbandry practices they had learned. Today, the farm is home to 50 Certified AWA laying hens and nine Certified AWA dairy cattle, and Dawn and Don hope that their successes at a small scale will encourage others to start small, too.

Coombs Farm – Fremont, NH

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 24, 2014

Phil Coombs raises Certified AWA pigs and sheep at Coombs Farm, LLC, in Fremont, New Hampshire. Phil’s grandparents ran a hatchery until the 80s and, when growing up, he often worked on his uncle’s farm, hoping to one day have a farm of his own. After meeting his wife, Karen, in the army they decided to pursue their dream of owning a farm when they returned.

Ruggles Hill Creamery – Hardwick, MA

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 12, 2014

Tricia Smith raises Certified AWA Oberhasli and Saanen dairy goats at Ruggles Hill Creamery in the bucolic central Massachusetts town of Hardwick. Although Tricia has been raising goats since 2001, she moved to the picturesque 38-acre farm in 2010. The farmhouse on the property dates from 1760 and sits along a quiet lane with hayfields to the west and barns and pastures to the south and east.

Windshadow Farm & Dairy—Bangor, MI

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 8, 2014

Ron and Suzanne Klein raise AWA-certified dairy goats on pasture at Windshadow Farm & Dairy in Bangor, Michigan. The picturesque 45-acre farm is surrounded by four organic farms to the south and west, and is home to around 150 AWA-certified dairy goats.

Cranberry Creek Farm – Cresco, PA

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 5, 2014

Jeffrey and Mary-Jean Henry raise AWA-certified dairy goats at Cranberry Creek Farm near Cresco in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Their herd is made up of American Alpine dairy goats, a versatile breed which is known for its high milk production and ability to thrive in a variety of climates.

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