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Jeanne and Jim Finch and their daughter, Maeve, raise Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle at Eco Valley Farm in Cattaraugus County, New York. Both Jim and Jeanne are first generation farmers: “We have always had a passion for farming and the life it builds,” says Jim. “We only started six short years ago; however, the more we grow, the more we want to grow, both as farmers and the lifestyle it brings.”
Armin and Amanda Lieth raise Certified AWA pigs at Beechrest Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Armin, a native of Germany, has a family heritage of farming that dates back over 400 years. In addition to his family’s farming history, Armin’s pasture-based farm management is influenced by his undergraduate degree in horticulture and his master’s degree in environmental science. Business entrepreneurs for the last 25 years, Armin and Amanda are now focused on sustainable, pasture-based farming at Beechcrest Farm.
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.
Mallory Mort grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania and later studied animal production at Penn State University. Upon graduating, Mallory worked in the horse program at his alma mater. A few years later, as someone with experience raising both cattle and horses, Mallory was offered a position at Gallagher’s Stud in 1979–and has continued working there ever since. Today, he raises Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle on 550 acres of pasture at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, New York, with the help of Marlene Brody, friend and farm owner.
Rodale Institute, a 333-acre working farm near Kutztown, PA, is one of the world’s leading non-profit research facilities dedicated to organic farming. Founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale, the Rodale Institute is committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, as well as advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about the healthiest options for people and the planet. The pigs, laying hens, and dairy goats at Rodale Institute are now Certified AWA, further demonstrating the organization’s commitment to the care of animals, land and the local community.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 13, 2015
Aaron Moultrup, general construction business owner, and his wife, Kerry, a teacher, both grew up in hardworking families. When they decided to buy an old farmhouse and land in the southern tier of New York state neither of them had any real farming experience. Not wanting the property to sit idle, they soon got “the itch” to farm and started plowing and planting the fields. As time went on, and kids came along and jobs consumed the majority of their time, they decided to put up some fences and begin raising animals. Today, Aaron and Kerry raise Certified AWA beef cattle on 450 acres of pasture at Fieldstone Acres in Campbell, New York, with the help of Rob Deyoung Jr., friend and farm partner.
Christine Kubacz grew up gardening with her mom and eating home cooked food made with whole, fresh ingredients. As an adult, Christine tried a few different professions, but kept finding herself drawn back to her roots, and so she began making her own path and career as a farmer. Today, Christine and husband, John, raise Certified AWA laying hens at Foggy Brook Farm in Fairfield, Vermont.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| December 10, 2014
Shannon Eaton discovered her love for raising sheep as a farm apprentice in Royalton, Vermont, back in 2009. After moving to Jay, New York, Shannon introduced herself to Rhonda Butler at Asgaard Farm, a Certified AWA goat dairy, and over the course of four years, worked her way up to goatherd manager. She learned a lot about best management practices for raising happy and healthy ruminants,
Today, Shannon raises her own flock of sheep at Blue Pepper Farm in Jay, NY, with her husband, Tyler, an environmental science teacher at Northwood School in Lake Placid, and their two young sons, Wyatt and Shepherd. Tyler and Shannon bought their 46-acre farm in 2011. Their property lies on the edge of the Adirondack high peaks, where farmland meets the mountains. The small flock of Katahdin breeding ewes is frequently moved to new grass growth throughout the season, ensuring they have access to the most nutritious pasture and avoiding overgrazing, preventing the build-up of potential diseases and internal parasites, and maximizing the animals’ natural health and immunity. “We are extremely careful about how long the pasture rests before being grazed again to ensure that our sheep and our pastures stay healthy,” Shannon explains. “We also never feed grain to our sheep, which is a benefit to pasture-based management. Everything we need grows right in our fields, and then the animals help to put those nutrients right back into the fields.”
Laini Fondiller, owner of Lazy Lady Farm in Westfield, Vermont, is anything but lazy. A self-proclaimed workaholic, Laini has been farming since she was 22 years old. After meeting a farmer in Indiana, she left her last year of college and changed her course to pursue farming as her career. “It was like an epiphany,” Laini says. “It changed my life and I knew I couldn’t do anything else after that.”
By Animal Welfare Approved
| November 21, 2014
Marco Turco raises Certified AWA sheep at Manzini Farm, LLC in Keeseville, New York. The sheep roam 150 acres of carefully managed species-rich pasture. The flock is regularly moved to new grazing throughout the season, ensuring they have access to the most nutritious pasture, preventing the build-up of potential diseases and internal parasites, and maximizing the animals’ natural health and immunity—resulting in flavorful lamb for the local community.