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Hog Haven Farm – Columbia, VA

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 8, 2016

Rob Staples and his wife, Verde Shaffer, manage a herd of Certified AWA pigs at Hog Haven Farm, a 22-acre family farm located in Columbia, VA. The pastures, which have supported both cattle and sheep in the past, gently slope down from the edges to a 6-acre wooded section in the center, which surrounds a natural spring. These woods serve as a hub for the pasture-raised pigs, which are rotationally grazed on the surrounding pasture and range. In addition to the pigs, Hog Haven also manages a flock of Certified AWA laying hens, which are raised outdoors on pasture as well.

Two Shovels Agroforestry Farm – McLeansville, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 2, 2015

Emanuel Hayden, along with his daughters, Bronte and Hywel, raises Certified AWA meat and dairy goats at Two Shovels Agroforestry Farm in McLeansville, North Carolina. Emanuel grew up farming, working with livestock and growing vegetables ever since he was a child. “At 10 years old, I was already managing a small flock of sheep and growing lettuce!” Emanuel laughs. He began farming part-time when he first moved to North Carolina in 2008 and transitioned to full-time farming in 2011, direct marketing his products through the farm’s CSA.

M&M Farms – Rudy, AR

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 19, 2015

Sue Moore moved to Arkansas as a child in 1974 and joined the 4H program, which introduced her to farming and cattle. She has fond memories of showing cattle and winning blue ribbons at state and local fairs. Throughout her life, Sue has carried her interest and passion for animal husbandry with her: Today, Sue and her husband, Tom, raise Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle at M&M Farms in Rudy, Arkansas.

Twin Acres Farm – Statesville, NC

By admin | October 14, 2015

Jeremiah Christopher works as a lineman for the city of Statesville, but he has a long time history and interest in farming, and raises Certified AWA pigs at Twin Acres Farm in Statesville, North Carolina. “I’ve been farming since I was big enough to walk,” he says. “My dad had a beef and poultry farm when I was young, and I bought a farm before I got married.”

Hickory Nut Gap Farm – Fairview, NC

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Jamie Ager raises Certified AWA pigs at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, North Carolina. The 90-acre farm has been in the Ager family since 1916, when Jim and Elizabeth McClure, five generations removed from Jamie, went on their honeymoon, fell in love with the land and settled into farming at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Jamie grew up on the farm, and after meeting his wife, Amy, at Warren Wilson College, the two combined their passion and skills to create a business plan for direct marketing pasture-raised products at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. They put the plan into action in 2000, and have been farming at Hickory Nut Gap Farm ever since.

Three Stars Farm — Ceres, VA

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 30, 2015

Jeff and Rachelle Kopp, along with their children–Hailey, AJ, Mason and Peyton–raise Certified AWA dairy goats at Three Stars Farm near Ceres in Virginia. The 40-acre farm is situated amidst the mountains of southwest Virginia, where the significant elevation changes create a truly beautiful backdrop.

Holder’s Livestock — Garner, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 18, 2015

Jarvin Holder raises Certified AWA pigs at Holder’s Livestock in Garner, North Carolina. Jarvin utilizes pasture-based farming systems to ensure his animals have constant access to ranging and foraging areas throughout their lives. The pigs at Holder’s Livestock have room to roam and demonstrate natural behaviors, like rooting, grazing and exploring with their snouts. They are regularly moved to fresh ground to avoid the build-up of disease and parasites. Ensuring animals have continual access to pasture or range is a fundamental component of AWA’s farm standards. Research shows this type of pasture-based management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health—as well as producing delicious pork!

Brewer’s Farm – Greenwood, MS

By Animal Welfare Approved | June 26, 2015

James Brewer raises Certified AWA laying hens at Brewer’s Farm in Greenwood, Mississippi. “I was raised on a farm,” he says, “and I have owned this land for seven years.” In addition to managing his flock of pasture-raised laying hens, James grows vegetables such as okra, peas, squash, tomatoes, and variety of greens at Brewer’s Farm for sale to the local community.

Hannah Creek Pig Farm – Four Oaks, NC

By Animal Welfare Approved | June 2, 2015

Kevin Massengill’s family has raised pigs in North Carolina for several generations. “We have been blessed to have been raised with the knowledge of where our food comes from,” he explains, “and to be mindful of good sustainability practices to be able to provide for future generations.” Kevin raises Certified AWA pigs with Gary Nord, Hannah Creek Pig Farm’s co-founder, on 80 acres of pasture and woodland, about 5 miles outside Four Oaks in Johnston County, North Carolina.

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