D & A Williams Farm owners Donnie & Alease Williams raise pigs in Autryville, North Carolina. Their commitment to high-welfare farming has led them to continuously improve their farming practices, even after becoming Animal Welfare Approved. Donnie and Alease attend educational events and workshops, and also labor with hands-on farm improvements to enhance their animals’ health and welfare. Alease was also selected to attend the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute, keeping her very busy but giving her greater experience in how to run a farming operation. She shares this information with other farmers in the area, as well as her high-welfare values. For more information on purchasing the Williams’ healthy, pasture-raised pork contact them through their vendor listing above.
Located in the rolling hills of southern Missouri, American Grassfed Beef is a family farm owned and operated by Mark and Dr. Patricia Whisnant along with their six children. Dr. Whisnant is president of the American Grassfed Association and co-founder of American Grassfed Beef, the name under which they market their beef. In addition to the farm, the family owns and operates a processing facility, Fruitland American Meat located in Jackson, MO.
Partners Karl Hudson and Mann Mullen own and operate Rare Earth Farms, LLC. They raise 100 grassfed Angus crosses just outside of Raleigh. They raise cattle on pasture, with no antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products.
Larry and Barbara’s homestead has been in Larry’s family for about 129 years. It has seen many generations of gardens and livestock, but today Larry and Barbara keep a flock of about 50 chickens. The birds work hard to keep the house and garden area free of bugs, snatching them up while ranging their pasture. They also lay plenty of eggs (brown, white, and speckled) that Larry and Barbara collect. Barbara sells the eggs at farmers markets and to neighbors.
In 2003, Linda Maggio, a former veterinary technician, her husband Steve Kosco and their daughter Madison moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. They didn’t plan to become farmers, but as soon as they got a few chickens Linda became fascinated by them and that was that. Within a year of moving they started S&L Farm.