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Denise and Mo Sarfehjoo raise Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at Casa Verde Organic Farm in Cleveland, New Mexico, a small community in the Mora Valley in the northern part of the state. Denise and Mo moved to Cleveland from Northern Ohio in 2011 and fell in love with the land. In spite of its drastic difference from their home state, the couple has enjoyed learning how to grow vegetables in their new home, benefitting from the knowledge and support of fellow farmers in the Mora Valley. AWA certification verifies that the Sarfehjoos’ chickens are raised according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on a family farm. Chickens are able to perform their natural behaviors, like flapping their wings, pecking and scratching for bugs and insects, and taking dust baths.
Todd and Suzanne Cole raises a flock of Certified AWA laying hens outdoors on pasture at 35-acre Swamp Fox Farm in Cleveland, New Mexico, a small community in the Mora Valley of northern New Mexico. Todd grew up on a homestead dairy farm in rural Connecticut, so producing his own food as an adult has come naturally–and taking good care of his animals was a logical extension: “It allows us to eat with a clean conscience,” Todd explains.
Rick Tantlinger and Terry Lundberg raised Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Lee-Lynns Farm and Ranch in Barry, Texas. “Truly sustainable livestock farming requires the use of a pasture-based system,” explains Rick. “In addition to dramatically improving the welfare of farm animals, pasturing also helps reduce environmental damage, and yields meat, eggs, and dairy products that are tastier and more nutritious than foods produced on factory farms.” Research shows that pasture-based management is not only better for animal welfare, but results in tasty and nutritious eggs with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to conventional eggs.
Alfred and Ginger Tanagho raise Certified Grassfed by AWA beef cattle at Waypoint Farm in Hallettsville, Texas. The cattle are managed outdoors on pasture or range and fed a 100% grass and forage diet for their entire lives. Alfred and Ginger market the high-quality, grassfed beef locally under the Cross T Brand.
Dustin Cheatham raises Certified AWA laying hens on pasture at Pop’s Organics in Lufkin, Texas.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 19, 2015
Rex Lamb raises Certified AWA beef cattle on pasture at Lamb’s Farm in Cookville, Texas. Lamb’s Farm was established in 1874 by Mr. R.C. Dale, who had settled in east Texas from North Carolina.
By Animal Welfare Approved
| February 11, 2015
Suzanne and Kit Broussard raise Certified AWA beef cattle on pasture at Dovetail Farms & Vineyard in Bells, Texas.
Chris Loeffler is having a very active retirement: After 26 years as a public school teacher in California and New Mexico, she started a second career as a farmer in the spring of 2014. The 56-acre plot that she and her husband own in Grants, New Mexico, is too dry for crops and too small for many cattle, so she decided to raise chickens.
Eloy and Anita Roybal raise AWA-certified laying hens and beef cattle at E&A Ranch & Garden in Mora, New Mexico. E&A Ranch & Garden is a member of Los de Mora Local Growers’ Cooperative, Inc., a producer-owned cooperative made up of 35 family farms and ranches in the area. Selling through a cooperative can offer many advantages. For example, by aggregating and coordinating supply, the individual family farm members can secure larger market opportunities that would be impossible to achieve on their own, while cooperatives offer consumers the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally-produced food at a fair price.
Jackie Rossignol and Denis Black both come from farming backgrounds: Jackie’s parents were dairy farmers in New England and Denis’s family ranched in northeast New Mexico. They both studied agriculture—Jackie at the University of Connecticut and Denis at the University of New Mexico. When they eventually got together it just seemed inevitable that they would farm together.