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Hillcrest Farm – Walkerton, Ontario

By Animal Welfare Approved | May 19, 2015

Dwayne Hachman is the third generation to farm the 150 acres of land in Bruce County, Ontario, that originally came into the Hachman family in 1929. He raises sheep, goats, and pigs on pasture at Hillcrest Farm near Walkerton with his wife, Jennfier, and their three children, Kaylia, Kyle and Jessica.

The Good Farm (thegoodfarm) – Cobble Hill, BC

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 12, 2015

Located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and speckled with Big Leaf Sugar Maples, thegoodfarm is a five-acre parcel of land where Barbara Houston raises 140 Certified AWA laying ducks. Her passion for farming and ducks came from her love of animals–and the nutritious eggs that ducks produce–and she established thegoodfarm in 2013 with the core values of sustainability, environmental stewardship, and animal welfare.

Willow Grove Farm – Hanna, AB

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 17, 2014

Jocelyn Biggs is the third generation of her family to live and work on the land in southeastern Alberta where her grandfather began farming in 1956. As the oldest of four girls who were homeschooled on the family ranch, Jocelyn took on many farm business responsibilities in her teenage years, and still works and lives on TK Ranch, her family’s 10,000-acre ranch, where she is responsible for managing inventory, customer relations, and weekly deliveries.

Harley Farms – Keene, Ontario

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 17, 2014

Roger Harley and family raise beef cattle on 350 acres of owned pasture–plus 1,000 acres of rented land–at Harley Farms near Keene in Ontario. The family started out farming in the UK, where they farmed over 4,500 acres. In 2000, Roger, Julie, James, and Emily moved to Canada, purchasing their present farm in 2002.

Ferme au bonheur des prés – Quebec, Canada

By Animal Welfare Approved | August 22, 2014

Michael Smith has worked in many types of agricultural production, including raising pigs, poultry, dairy goats and beef cattle, as well as greenhouse growing, grain crops and honey. In 2001, he was able to purchase his own farm and has been farming full-time since 2005.

Ferme et Forêt – Wakefield, QC

By Animal Welfare Approved | April 11, 2014

Sean Butler and Genevieve LeGal-Leblanc have been involved in farming for many years. Sean has worked on several small farms across Canada, while Genevieve ran her own urban-based organic vegetable CSA after studying agriculture and international development. But in 2012, the pair decided to purchase their 154-acre property, Ferme et Forêt (Farm and Forest), in the rolling hills near Wakefield, Quebec.

Full Nelsen Farms – Vegreville, AB

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Owen and Neila Nelsen raise beef cattle on 840-acres of improved pasture at Full Nelsen Farms in Vegreville, Alberta. The couple both grew up on farms in Alberta: Neila on a federal cattle research center in the southern part of the province, and Owen on a family farm in the north.

Triple H Beef – Dysart, Saskatchewan

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 17, 2014

Leonard Pigott was born and raised on a diversified farm. He went away to university and worked as livestock specialist with the government for many years, before beginning his own farm in 2002. Now he puts his knowledge as a trained educator in Holistic Management into practice on a 2,200-acre ranch in Dysart, Saskatchewan, that he calls Triple H Beef. Leonard explains that, “The ‘H’s’ refer to healthy bodies, holistic living, and healing the land,” and believes that these three objectives go hand-in-hand: “If the land isn’t healthy, we don’t have anything.”

Ruzicka Sunrise Farm—Killam, Alberta

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 6, 2013
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In 1909, Don Ruzicka’s great-grandparents moved to Alberta from Fairdale, North Dakota, and purchased the land that would evolve into Ruzicka Sunrise Farm. Don and his wife, Marie, moved to the farm in 1983, and farmed conventionally until 1995. But after taking a course in holistic management they began to manage the farm using holistic principles, working in harmony with nature. The farm was certified organic in 2000. Marie suggested AWA certification after they began receiving the AWA Newsletter four years ago. “Since we were already doing some of the things that are required by AWA, we decided to take the next step,” Don explains. In the end, it was the certification of their good friends Colleen and Dylan at TK Ranch that gave them the nudge they needed to join the AWA program. Today, all of their AWA-certified beef cattle are raised on pasture and forage and dually certified as Animal Welfare Approved Grassfed—the first food label in Canada which guarantees that food products marked as grassfed come from animals that are fed a 100% grass and forage diet and raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives. As Don puts it, “Rather than commodities, we now raise and grow ‘food.’”

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