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Nathan W. Drager raises Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle at Drager Farms, LLC in Marietta, Pennsylvania. Nathan grew up on a 200-acre conventional dairy farm in the same area and he now farms on 50 acres purchased from his family. Being immersed in farming culture all of his life, it was no surprise he decided to return to his roots after a brief stint in carpentry work after high school: “I don’t see farming as a job,” he says. “It’s a joy to raise cattle.”
Jill Merkel raises Certified AWA dairy and meat sheep at Hestholl Icelandics in Richmond, Vermont. The farm consists of around 100 acres of pasture and woodland in the Winooski River Valley of the Green Mountains region, near Burlington and Montpelier.
Frank Parrish and his family raise Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at Parrish Pork & Poultry in Edon, Ohio. Established in 1912, Parrish Pork & Poultry is a fifth generation farm which originally started out in the hog business. Today, Frank and his wife, Brenda, manage the farm, along with the help of Frank’s parents, Marilyn and Howard, and have expanded their business to include a flock of pasture-raised laying hens.
Edward Pacyna raises Certified AWA laying ducks outdoors on pasture or range at Adirondack Rabbit Ranch in Lake Luzerne, New York. As a child, Edward’s family always had an array of chickens and beef cattle, and he has fond memories of growing up around animals.
Donna Simons raises Certified AWA laying hens and laying ducks at Pound Ridge Organics in Westchester County, New York. Pound Ridge Organics sits on an original homestead property dating back to 1792. The ducks and chickens roam the 2-acre property, while 16 acres of wooded wetlands lies just beyond the farm.
Jeromy Biazzo and Margaret Meixner raise Certified AWA sheep at Wolftree Farm in Schuyler County, New York. Wolftree Farm sits in the heart of the state’s Finger Lakes Region on the slopes between the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Finger Lakes National Forest.
Eliza Lake and Bart Niswonger, and their two young children, Augustus and Charlotte, raise Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle and Certified AWA laying hens at Kinne Brook Farm in Worthington, MA. The farm has been in the Lake family since 1980, and Eliza and Bart bought the 86-acre farm in 2010. The family live in the early 19th-century farmhouse on the property.
Vanessa Riva and Laura Smith raise Certified Grassfed by AWA sheep, Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle and Certified AWA pigs at Stark Hollow Farm in Caledonia County, Vermont.
Moosehorn Mountain Farm is a small diversified family farm, situated at the foot of Moosehorn Mountain in Wells, VT. Farmers Kris and Lilly met at Green Mountain College in 2010, where they both studied sustainable agriculture and discovered their shared passion for humane, sustainable, healthy food production. They went on to work for several local farms after college, before starting their own small “incubator” farm, Twin Falls Farm, in Whitehall, NY.