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Riverstone Organic Farm raises AWA sheep in the rolling hills of Virginia. Owners Woody and Jackie Crenshaw started the farm as a way to foster sustainable land stewardship, promote the local economy, and provide young farmers with learning opportunities. With the help of farm managers, Clem Swift and Kat Johnson, they currently have about 40 breeding ewes and 40 lambs each spring.
Whistlin’ Hollow Farm is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, with picturesque high pastures, a creek, and fertile bottomlands. Owners Kate Mahanes and Jim Fleming raise AWA sheep that thrive on the grassy hillsides. They also maintain local fields for grazing and hay.
Lindsey Cobb and Rachel Lilly raise AWA dairy cattle, dairy goats, and laying hens at In Theory Farm in Angier, North Carolina. Their 10-acre farm is rich with history and the house was built in 1890. However, the property was in such a rough state when they purchased it in 2010 that, “We found ourselves constantly pondering if one thing or another would work out the way we planned,” explains Rachel. “Our answer was always ‘in theory, it will.’” And thus the farm earned its name. As Rachel and Lindsey continue to add new aspects to the farm and face new challenges, they feel the farm name is as applicable now as it was when they first began.
In 1985, Jan and Rinske de Jong came to America (“the land of opportunity”) from Holland, with a dream to establish their own dairy. With the $5,000 they had saved in Holland, Jan and Rinske started working as relief milkers on several farms in Florida, before renting land and slowly building up their own herd.
Spruill Brothers Pastured Meats started as a way to help two brothers form a strong bond early in life through hard work, a love for animals, and an appreciation of the natural environment around them. Taylor Spruill’s sons—Brooks and Charlie—help to raise AWA pigs, sheep, and beef cattle on the family’s Jacocks Landing farm, situated between Windsor and Merry Hill, North Carolina. Previously used for peanuts and tobacco, the property consists of just over 400 acres of pasture and hardwood forest along the Cashie River in Bertie County.
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.
Misty Langdon, along with her husband Richard and daughter Brittany, raises AWA hogs and beef cattle at Our Green Acre in northwest Arkansas. Their family farm is nestled in the Ozark Mountains near the Buffalo National River. Misty explains that although the land had been in her family for more than six generations, she recently changed management techniques to implement more sustainable and permaculture methods. The plan was put into action and, in 2012, Our Green Acre Farm was born.
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.
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.