Whispering Winds Farm is a diversified family farm in the North Carolina Piedmont. Tom and Debbie White raise Animal Welfare Approved laying hens and goats as part of a holistic farm management plan. The Whites purchased their land in increments and now have almost 30 acres, with a good mix of pasture, open land, forestry, commercial water gardens, and beautiful views of the shores of Lake Norman. Wooded areas remain natural with native plants and abundant wildlife.
Martha Jones grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, but always wanted to live on a farm. In 2008, she and her husband, Lloyd, bought 38 acres of high desert in Byers, Colorado, where they could start the farm she’d always dreamed of.
Dorothy Adkins and her husband, Tony, raise Animal Welfare Approved hogs in the North Carolina Sandhills region. The farm comprises 20 acres of flat, partly wooded land that is a mix of sand and silt soil, with a 2 acre pond and three barns.
Randy Cruz raises AWA-certified laying hens at Cruz Ranch in the small community of Sapello, about 15 miles north of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Chickens raised according to the AWA standards are given continual access to pasture or range to forage for insects and seeds, and have the opportunity to perform natural and instinctive behaviors essential to their health and well-being, such as scratching, pecking, and dust bathing. 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.
Fat Toad Farm started out with a lovely French Alpine doe named Jupiter, who was hand-milked by farm owner, Steve Reid, in his garage. Today, Jupiter’s great, great, great, granddaughter, Artemis—and 52 of her closest caprine friends—complete the herd of Animal Welfare Approved dairy goats, whose milk is used to produce Fat Toad Farm’s line of traditional Mexican hand-crafted goat milk caramel sauces.
Ben Lyons raises laying hens on pasture at Lockewood Acres, a 10-acre family farm in Vacaville, California. Ben and his wife, Denise, moved to the property from southern California for Denise’s work in April 2010. Inspired by a 1954 worm composting publication that highlighted a farm called Serenity Acres, they began to develop their own self-sustaining family farm that would be not only economically viable, but would act as a one-stop shop for local customers who can come to their farm for fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat and milk before going to the grocery store.
By Andrew Gunther
| January 24, 2014
Pie Ranch is a model center for sustainable farming and food system education, sitting on a 14-acre triangular plot of land on California’s San Mateo coast. Nancy Vail, Jered Lawson, and Karen Heisler purchased the property in 2002 and, inspired by the shape of the plot and their belief that pie (with all its ingredients and associations) is a great means for understanding how food gets from the land to our tables, the partners gave the farm its distinctly fitting name.
Heather Baker raises Animal Welfare Approved laying hens in the North Carolina foothills. Raising hens outside on pasture results in eggs that are tastier and more nutritious than conventional eggs, with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids. Hens at Baker Farm roam and forage on pasture during the day, where they are free to perform their natural behaviors, scratching and pecking for seeds and insects, giving the eggs a fresh, wholesome taste prized in cooking and baking. To purchase Heather’s AWA eggs call (828) 439-8528 or email email@example.com.
The Sonne family raises AWA pigs, laying hens, and laying ducks in the mountains of Virginia. With the help of John Sonne’s parents, Chris and Priscilla, he and his wife, Jade, manage an integrated, multi-species operation that utilizes sustainable techniques with an eye toward continually improving the farm for future generations.
For several generations, Veronica Serna’s mother’s family raised fruits and vegetables, pigs, dairy cattle and laying hens in Buena Vista, northern New Mexico, making enough to support themselves on farming alone. Over 60 years ago, however, they stopped farming on a large scale when some of her uncles were drafted into the military, leaving behind a few siblings, including her mother, who ended up marrying and leaving the farm for better opportunities. Soon after Veronica’s parents met, they moved to Colorado and then Wyoming, and eventually moved back to northern New Mexico in 1971. Unfortunately, by then the family’s larger acreage had been sold off piece by piece when times were tough, but her parents wanted to return to farming nonetheless. While her father stayed away during the week to work, the rest of the family remained at home to tend to a small herd of cattle and to continue their education.