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Kelowna Free Graze Lamb – Kelowna, BC

By Animal Welfare Approved | May 17, 2016

Felicity Wilson and Gordon Sweetnam began operating Kelowna Free Graze Lamb in 2014. Kelowna is a happy medium between Edmonton, Alberta, where Gordon grew up, and Felicity’s childhood home on Vancouver Island. As a meat sheep operation with an on-site slaughter plant, Kelowna Free Graze Lamb also combined their talents and interests: Gordon, who has an extensive livestock management background and most recently came from a Certified AWA cattle operation in Alberta, would focus on animal husbandry; while Felicity took responsibility for the farm’s slaughter plant and vegetable production.

Once Upon a Farm – Vacaville, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 16, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a young woman who dreamed of having a job where she could work outside in the sunshine and not be cooped up in an office, stuck in front of a computer screen. She longed to own her own business, where she would be her own boss. So, in 2013, Heather Stovall acquired 5 acres of farmland outside Vacaville, California, and established Once Upon a Farm. In addition to a diverse produce business, Heather now raises 90 Certified AWA laying hens, supplying delicious, pasture-raised eggs to her local community.

Big Bear Ranch – Horsefly, BC

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 9, 2016

Rainer and Gigi Krumsiek emigrated from Germany to British Columbia in 1993. Two years later, they purchased Big Bear Ranch—2,300 acres of mixed pasture and woodland in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains and the perfect place to fulfill their dream of living from the land. The family went to work making the property a functioning farm and home.

Kanu Farms, LLC – Waimanalo, HI

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 8, 2016

Shellee Machado raises Certified AWA laying hens at 7-acre Kanu Farms in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. AWA certification verifies that Shellee is raising her chickens according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture. Scientific research shows that pasture-raised eggs contain three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the amount of omega 3 fatty acids as industrial eggs. To learn more about Kanu Farms, contact Shellee at or 808-259-3483.

Black Cat Farm – Longmont, CO

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 17, 2015

Jill and Eric Skokan did not begin their careers in agriculture. In 2006, the couple opened the Black Cat, a farm-to-table restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, and began producing food in their backyard inspired by the ingredients that Eric, a chef, loved to prepare. Each year, their garden expanded until it filled their backyard and overflowed into a shared neighborhood garden. Eventually, the Skokans were able to take advantage of open space just outside Boulder that Boulder City and County had preserved for public and agricultural use, becoming the first to establish a small market farm on the land. Today, Black Cat Farm comprises of 88 acres where they grow a diverse array of produce and herbs, as well as raising Certified AWA laying hens and meat sheep.

Jo-Le Farms – Scio, OR

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 2, 2015

Like many Americans of her generation, Leslie Carter grew up in a farming family that had given up farming. Her grandparents had sold the family farm by the time she was old enough to be involved, but, as she remembers, “my values were all based on the agrarian lifestyle.” Leslie got her chance to put those values into practice when she and her husband, Jon, moved to their first farm in 1980.

Home Farm Foods – Culver, OR

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 27, 2015

Although 20-year-old Cameron Gunther might be relatively young compared to others in his profession, as a third generation farmer, his farming roots go deep. He was born and raised on his family’s diversified, pasture-based livestock farm and was tasked with day-to-day management chores until his family moved off the farm when he was 11. In high school, however, Cameron joined Future Farmers of America and, at 19, he came back to farming, establishing 40-acre Home Farm Foods in Culver, Oregon.

A7 Ranche – Nanton, AB

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 23, 2015

The A7 Ranche has a remarkable history: It was founded in 1886 by A.E. (Alfred Ernest) Cross, who picked the ‘A7’ brand to symbolize himself and his six siblings. Said to be the oldest ranch in Canada still in the hands of the original owners, the ranch is owned and operated by A.E.’s grandson, John Cross. John is renowned for his exemplary land stewardship of the 13,000 acres of open grassland in the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies that constitute A7 Ranche.

Trail’s End Beef – Nanton, AB

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Fred Ings established Trail’s End Ranch near Nanton, Alberta, in the early 1900s. Over 100 years later, Fred’s great granddaughter, Rachel Herbert, and her husband, Tyler, are raising Certified Grassfed by AWA beef, very much like Fred did four generations ago.

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