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Benji Anderson raises Animal Welfare Approved pigs in northeast Georgia, just outside of Athens. A Georgia native, Benji grew up watching his uncle farm and developed a love of agriculture at an early age. After college and a brief stint as a biologist, Benji came back to farming. He worked for three years at a local farm raising pastured hogs and row crops, during which time he saved up enough money to put a down payment on his own farm.
William Snow has raised cattle since the 1980s, but a career in IBM meant his passion for cattle farming had to remain a hobby. In 2010, however, William’s dream of becoming a full time rancher came true. Based 200 miles from Washington DC, William and his wife, Melody, now own 120 acres of lush pasture in the rolling hills of Rockbridge County, Virginia, leasing a further a total of 1,000 acres of pasture and woodland for their beef cattle operation at Dutch Hollow Cattle Company.
When Irene was a child her family raised rabbits, chickens and ducks for meat and eggs. “My husband started hunting wild hogs when he was four-years-old with his dad in south Florida,” says Irene. “As he grew up, hunting got lean, so they started raising domestic hogs—nothing special, just chemical free, grain-fed pork. Over the past 24 years together, we have perfected our method of producing high-quality pastured pork. We decided we want to give the public better meat at better prices”.
BN Acres has a remarkable farming history. The Boyst family can trace the heritage of their farm back for centuries; indeed, they recently applied to join NC Department of Agriculture’s Century Farm, which recognizes farms which have had continuous ownership by a single family for 100 years or more.
Michael Shane Lee raises AWA pigs at Lee Farm in Four Oaks, North Carolina.
Patrick Fenn of Monte Vista raises beef cattle, sheep and laying hens according to AWA standards.
Ronald Simmons farms on 30 acres of land near Kenansville, North Carolina, with the help of his wife, Laurita, his daughter, Amaya Sloan, and his father-in-law, James McGowan.
Nestling on a piece of land in southwest Missouri, farmer Anthony Moseley describes his family’s Ranch Run-A-Muk as “our little slice of heaven.” While they’re the first to admit it might not be the largest farm in Missouri, the Moseley family immediately fell in love with the view: “When we first visited the plot, we were told that we’d have a near 16 mile view to the southwest to the furthest ridge in view,” says Anthony. “There is nothing more calming than to sit outside and just let the world pass you by.” The family moved to the farm from the greater Saint Louis area to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Farmers Samantha and Scott Gasson and their three children raise AWA laying hens and sheep on 35 acres of pasture near Rougemont, North Carolina. The farm comprises of five acres of land they owned with their home, together with 30 acres rented from their neighbor.
Priscilla and Henry Ireys established Critton Creek Farm in 2009 with the goal of building a distinctive herd of high-quality Spanish and Savanna pureblood goats to supply quality breeding goats to commercial farms, as well as for high-quality meat. The farm’s herd of 60 pureblood Spanish goats and high-quality Savanna crosses roam across rolling pastures and woodlands in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 30 miles south-west of the beautiful town of Berkeley Springs. The goats graze on the wide variety of lush, native grasses, legumes, and briars that make up the pastures on the farm.