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For over a century, Jennings Outlaw’s family has farmed at Jennings Outlaw Farm in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Jennings grew up on the farm and remembers the tobacco, crops, hogs, and cattle managed there during his childhood. Today, the 200-acre farm, which is evenly divided between farmland and woodland, is used to produce a variety of crops such as corn, beans, wheat, rye, cucumbers, and fresh market grapes from the farm’s ten acre vineyard. With the help of his son, Daniel, Jennings also manages a herd of Certified AWA pigs outdoors on pasture.
Ethan Johnson raises Certified AWA pigs at SF Farms in Clarkton, North Carolina. SF Farms utilizes pasture-based farming systems, ensuring the hogs have constant access to outdoor range throughout their lives. The herd of pigs at SF Farms have room to roam and demonstrate their instinctual behaviors such as rooting and foraging. This high-welfare management outdoors on pasture or range is a fundamental component of AWA certification. Research shows this type of management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health, and also produces delicious pork—much adored by Ethan’s customers!
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 25, 2015
Angela TenBroeck and Richard Blaudow raise Certified AWA laying hens at Traders Hill Farms in Hilliard, Florida. The laying hens at Traders Hill Farms have constant access to pasture or range with plenty of room to perform natural behaviors like running, foraging, pecking, dust bathing, and scratching for grubs and seeds under the Florida sunshine. Not only is pasture management far better for animal welfare but it is also less likely to cause environmental degradation–and results in better tasting, more nutritious eggs, too! Research shows pasture-raised eggs have more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to conventional eggs.
Howard Schmidt moved to Saint Stephens Church, Virginia, to escape city life in Richmond and have an opportunity to do what he enjoys—farming. Located on 20 acres, Schmidt Farm is surrounded by Virginia’s beautiful meandering creeks and woodlands. Howard began farming by raising goats and miniature horses, but started to manage pigs several years ago. “I happened upon some hogs from my neighbor,” he explains, “and got interested in traditional breeds from there.”
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 13, 2015
Sharon Funderburk was born and raised on a dairy farm in Union County, North Carolina. She grew up helping her grandfather milk cows, plant fields, and harvest produce. “By the time I went to college,” Sharon says, “I wanted to study something completely apart from agriculture.” After studying cultural anthropology, Sharon took some time off to work on a farm before pursuing a Master of Science in horticulture at North Carolina State University. Sharon then worked for 15 years as a consultant, offering agronomic services to farmers before the opportunity arose for her to work in corporate organics management. In 2010, feeling the pull to return to her roots on the farm, Sharon purchased 50 acres of woodlands and pasture in Turkey, NC, which would become Beartrack Farm. Sharon has been farming full time at Beartrack Farm since June 2013, and raises Certified AWA beef cattle, sheep, laying hens, and pigs. She has added a greenhouse, barn, grain bins, and a home for her to live in, all the while paying special attention to developing habitats and systems that promote the health and well-being of the animals—both farmed and wild.
In 2009, after his construction job came to an end, James Taylor decided to make use of his grandfather’s former horse farm to become a first-generation organic produce farmer, and established Jacar Produce, a 150-acre farm located in Clayton, North Carolina.
Scott and Madyson Millard raise Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Southpaw Farm in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Because the laying hens at Southpaw Farm are managed in pasture-based systems, they have constant access to pasture or range, they have plenty of room to perform natural behaviors like running, foraging, pecking, dust bathing, and scratching for grubs and seeds under the North Carolina sunshine. Not only is pasture management far better for animal welfare but it is also less likely to cause environmental degradation. It also results in tasty and nutritious eggs with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids than conventional eggs!
Bart Kepley’s great grandfathers were both tobacco farmers in North Carolina. But while there was a family history of farming in past generations, Bart grew up in Florida without farming experience. Soon after he and his wife, Kristyl, had their first child, however, they started to take a closer look at the food their family ate. This was the start of their journey back to farming.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| December 11, 2014
Arianna and Eric Gaesswitz raise Certified AWA pigs and laying hens on pasture at West Mountain Farm in Winslow, Arkansas. West Mountain Farm utilizes pasture-based farming systems to ensure their animals have constant access to pasture or range throughout their lives. The herd of pigs and flock of laying hens have room to roam and demonstrate their instinctual behaviors. Research shows this type of management results in better animal health, environmental health, and human health—as well as tastier eggs and meat!
Although Jean White didn’t grow up farming, she always kept gardens, horses, and livestock for her family’s use. In 2007, however, Jean focused on her longtime interest and began farming at Hammock Farm so that she could sell to the public. Comprising of seven acres of forest and 15 acres of pasture, Hammock Farm is located in Brooksville, Florida–once a leading area of citrus production in the state. The rolling landscape, good soil, moderate rainfall, and almost year-round growing conditions make it an ideal setting for raising animals out on pasture.