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LMJ Farms – Byers, CO

By Animal Welfare Approved | March 7, 2014

Martha Jones grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, but always wanted to live on a farm. In 2008, she and her husband, Lloyd, bought 38 acres of high desert in Byers, Colorado, where they could start the farm she’d always dreamed of.

Lockewood Acres – Vacaville, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 29, 2014

Ben Lyons raises laying hens on pasture at Lockewood Acres, a 10-acre family farm in Vacaville, California. Ben and his wife, Denise, moved to the property from southern California for Denise’s work in April 2010. Inspired by a 1954 worm composting publication that highlighted a farm called Serenity Acres, they began to develop their own self-sustaining family farm that would be not only economically viable, but would act as a one-stop shop for local customers who can come to their farm for fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat and milk before going to the grocery store.

Pie Ranch – Pescadero, CA

By Andrew Gunther | January 24, 2014

Pie Ranch is a model center for sustainable farming and food system education, sitting on a 14-acre triangular plot of land on California’s San Mateo coast. Nancy Vail, Jered Lawson, and Karen Heisler purchased the property in 2002 and, inspired by the shape of the plot and their belief that pie (with all its ingredients and associations) is a great means for understanding how food gets from the land to our tables, the partners gave the farm its distinctly fitting name.

Local Yolk – Pilot Hill, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | January 17, 2014
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Belinda and David Gutierrez manage Local Yolk, a pasture-raised laying hen operation, at Pilot Creek Ranch, a 970-acre property in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Belinda and David returned to the ranch, which has been in David’s family since the late 1800s, in 2006 and began raising laying hens on the family’s property in 2013. They raise 500 AWA-certified Black Austrolorp ,Ameraucana, and Rhode Island Red laying hens outdoors on pasture.

Sierra View Farms – Snelling, CA

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Rob White raises purebred Angus and Black Baldy (Hereford cross Angus) beef cattle in the Sierra foothills outside of Merced, California, where he has been breeding cattle for almost 20 years. The cattle at Sierra View Farms are never administered artificial hormones or routine subtherapeutic antibiotics, and eat a grain-free, 100% grass and forage diet.

Salal Ridge Dairy Goat Farm—Cloverdale, OR

By Animal Welfare Approved | December 12, 2013

What began in 1984 as an endeavor to provide milk for their own family has grown into a thriving dairy goat operation for Will and Deb Dillon of Salal Ridge Dairy Goat Farm. As the saying goes, they couldn’t have done it without a little help from friends and a little life experience living and working on a dairy farm to learn the ropes of animal husbandry.

Food 4 Life – Klamath Falls, OR

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 26, 2013
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Teresa and John M. Penhall both have a long history with farming and their four children are fourth generation farmers in the Klamath Basin, Oregon. Teresa’s grandfather, Joseph Meeker, and his wife, Dorothy, established Meeker Dairy in the early 1900s, which has been producing milk, turkeys, hay, potatoes, grain and beef for over 100 years. John’s family raised hay and beef in Eagle Point, about 70 miles west of Klamath Falls where the family farms today. While both John and Teresa have been involved in agriculture their entire lives, their interest turned toward sustainable production methods in 1999. Now the 55-acre Penhall Farm—known as Food 4 Life—is home to a herd of sustainably managed Animal Welfare Approved Angus beef cattle and laying hens.

Happy Nevada County Chickens – Smartsville, CA

By Animal Welfare Approved | November 15, 2013
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Jonette Walter has owned and loved chickens since she was a little girl. “They just make me happy!” she explains. Jonette’s 40-acre farm, Happy Nevada County Chickens, lies in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Smartsville, California. She currently raises 38 AWA-certified laying hens of various breeds. The most important aspect of her animal husbandry practices is attention to the health and happiness of her hens, providing access to fresh pasture to scratch, peck, dust bathe and forage for insects and seeds during the day and the safety of a hen house at night. Raising chickens outdoors on pasture not only ensures better health for her hens, but also produces healthier eggs containing three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the omega-3 fatty acids as industrial eggs.

K-T Cattle Company – Carnation, WA

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Katie and Jim Haack raise a small herd of Belted Kingshire cattle, a miniature beef breed, in the lush Snoqualmie River Valley, 30 miles east of Seattle, Washington. Jim grew up spending summers tending cattle and horses on his grandfather’s small farm in central Missouri, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the couple abandoned the suburbs of the Pacific Northwest for a 75-acre farm in Carnation, Washington, a community with a long history of dairy farming, named after Carnation Milk.

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