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Los Vallecitos Grass Fed Meats – Mora, NM

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 16, 2015

Los Vallecitos Grass Fed Meats sits at almost 9,000 feet elevation, with beautiful views of the Mora Valley. The farm is comprised of 600 acres, 300 of which have belonged to Richard Fresquez’s family since the time of Spanish land grants that were established in New Mexico during the 17th Century. Today, he and his partner, Carla Gomez, who purchased an adjoining 300-acre property, raise Certified AWA meat sheep, meat goats, beef cattle, and laying hens on the land where his ancestors raised food long before them.

Willow Grove Farm – Hanna, AB

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 17, 2014

Jocelyn Biggs is the third generation of her family to live and work on the land in southeastern Alberta where her grandfather began farming in 1956. As the oldest of four girls who were homeschooled on the family ranch, Jocelyn took on many farm business responsibilities in her teenage years, and still works and lives on TK Ranch, her family’s 10,000-acre ranch, where she is responsible for managing inventory, customer relations, and weekly deliveries.

Princeville Ranch – Hanalei, HI

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 11, 2014

Karin Carswell Guest’s great great uncle, Albert Wilcox, began managing 2,500-acre Princeville Ranch on the north shore of Kauai in 1895. Although the property changed hands several times after that, Karin’s family returned in 1978 when her parents, Donn and Gale Carswell, got permission from the ranch’s owners to lead visitors through the property on horseback riding adventures to destinations on the ranch.

Long Dream Farm – Lincoln, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 4, 2014

After years of research and planning, Andrew and Krista Abrahams and their four children finally took the plunge and moved from the East Coast in 2011 to establish a farm. They settled in Lincoln, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a 90-acre property made up of rolling hills, oak and pine trees, and a pristine creek, and named their family venture Long Dream Farm.

Sirianni Farms – Elk, WA

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 21, 2014

Whereas Jeanette Sirianni grew up on a 240-acre ranch south of Cheney, Washington, and began raising sheep and goats when she was just 14, Warren, her husband, was, in Jeanette’s words, “a city-boy.” It took some convincing after they met one another to bring him out to Elk in 2010 where the couple established Sirianni Farms. The 65-acre farm, just 20 miles west of the Idaho border, is now home to Certified AWA meat goats, sheep, and laying hens.

Wide Sky Farm – Sequim, WA

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 31, 2014

One of the first things Liann Finnerty and Dan Long did when they bought five acres of land in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington in 2011 was to buy a small flock of laying hens. Although Dan had raised chickens before, it was Liann’s first experience of raising animals for food. But those few birds proved to be the start of a new farm business: Today, Dan and Liann manage 100 Certified AWA laying hens at Wide Sky Farm on four acres of pasture overlooking Puget Sound.

Redfeather Farm – Duvall, WA

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Nate and Janya Veranth’s journey to becoming farmers didn’t start until 2007. They were living and going to school in Seattle and wanted open space for their three adopted border collies. After much searching, the couple finally found an old forest property on 40 acres in Duvall, 25 miles northeast of Seattle. After moving to the property in 2007, Nate and Janya spent the next five years building infrastructure before they began adding livestock to the farm they named Redfeather.

Hanchett Farm—Moloaa, HI

By Animal Welfare Approved | October 16, 2014

Hilly and partially forested, Hanchett Farm is a 300-acre farm on the island of Kauai, where Keoa Hanchett’s pasture-raised chickens have plenty of room to roam, forage, and produce his sought after Certified AWA chicken eggs.

Sunnybrook Farm – Trout Lake, WA

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In 2011, Rebecca Wellman and Michael Kelly moved to Trout Lake, Washington, to farm land Rebecca’s family purchased in 2004. Located near the Columbia River Gorge, Sunnybrook Farm’s 44 acres is nestled among some of the most breathtaking mountains in the country, and is a beautiful mix of fields and forest, watered by irrigation ditches channeling glacial water from nearby Mount Adams.

Prairie Haven Farm – Colorado Springs, CO

By Animal Welfare Approved | September 30, 2014

In 2004, Dawn and Don Shelstad decided they wanted to begin growing food for their community. In the time it took them to find a suitable piece of land, they began researching sustainable farming methods and learning from more knowledgeable friends. They eventually established Prairie Haven Farm on a windy, arid piece of land in the high desert prairie, east of Colorado Springs. The Shelstads started with a small number of chickens, adapting the most holistic methods for animal husbandry practices they had learned. Today, the farm is home to 50 Certified AWA laying hens and nine Certified AWA dairy cattle, and Dawn and Don hope that their successes at a small scale will encourage others to start small, too.

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