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Dan and Asunta Presson raise Certified AWA laying hens on 15 acres in the foot hills of the Sierra Mountains in Marysville, CA, with 10 acres of open grassland and 5 acres of woodlot. The Pressons have been farming for the past five years and found they have a particular affinity for raising chickens outdoors on pasture.
Rob Holley’s grandfather, Cecil, purchased Dayton Valley property in 1970, and he and his son, Bill, soon developed a reputation for raising quality beef cattle and hay. Now, more than 45 years later, Rob and his family (wife Loni, and children Daniel, Caleb, and Anna) continue the family farming tradition by raising Certified AWA laying hens, dairy cattle and Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle at Holley Family Farms in Dayton, Nevada.
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.
Phillip and Dena Parham raise Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle and Certified AWA Large Black Hogs outdoors on pasture at Parham Pharm in Swink, Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 808-259-3483.
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.
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.