In a recent update, I let you all know that our team was testing out procedures and processes for on-farm audits that will ensure safety of AGW-certified farmers, families and staff during audit. Because of the hard work of the team—and the farms and ranches we recently certified, we are glad to welcome new farms to the AGW program! We will continue to prioritize safety and the highest levels of integrity in our work, and I look forward to announcing more good news soon as we finalize new farm and new species audit procedures. Please find more updates below.
Grant Opportunity through American Farmland Trust
Grant opportunities are now available from American Farmland Trust in select counties across the United States. The Brighter Future Microgrant Program is assisting farmers in successfully launching, growing and sustaining farms in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are intended to leverage other resources and make a real difference for farmers to improve farm viability, access land and increase resilience to climate change. Learn more.
Farm Health Online
Currently, little practical support or advice is available on alternative approaches to livestock health management—how to keep animals healthy and thriving without relying on routine medical interventions like antibiotics and pesticides. AGW, working in partnership with the UK’s Duchy College Rural Business School, created Farm Health Online, a free website for farmers, ranchers, advisors and veterinarians, offering practical advice to support high-welfare management of food animals in outdoor systems. It’s a powerful tool, giving under-resourced farmers and ranchers the practical support and guidance they need to transition towards truly sustainable, pasture-based methods of livestock production. Check it out!
Washington Farmer Celebrates 10 Years of Certification!
Rhonda Gothberg of Gothberg Farms in Walla Walla, WA recently celebrated a decade of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification for her herd of dairy goats. Rhonda says, “Being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW for a decade is one of my proudest accomplishments as a dairy woman. Ten years ago, we decided to be certified because our goats are the best and we give them the best right back. We were the first dairy in Washington to get certified, and I appreciate the many years of collaboration and thoughtful guidance from A Greener World.”
Featured Profile: Firsthand Foods
In 2008, Jennifer Curtis and Tina Prevatte Levy, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Firsthand Foods, merged their professional and personal interests over a decade ago to develop a wholesale meat business that supports independent sustainable farmers by providing and building markets for their pasture-raised products. Today, Firsthand Foods offers AGW-certified pork from the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association and AGW-certified lamb from the Firsthand Foods lamb network at restaurants and other retail outlets around the region. Learn more.
Updates From Your Peers
We look forward to sharing updates from farms, ranches and businesses we certify, as another way to stay connected during this time. Recently, Kris Gosney from John’s Farm in Fairview, OK was featured on KOKH Fox 25’s Made in Oklahoma segment, sharing information about purchasing the farm’s Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW beef. An article by Country Folks tells the story of how Lucas and Louisa Farrell of Big Picture Farm got their start raising Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW dairy goats in Vermont. Now the farm’s AGW-certified award-winning goat milk caramels are sold online through their website as well as in over 1200 retail stores nationwide! The Narwhal covers the developments around a proposed coal mine in Alberta and impacts for AGW-certified Plateau Cattle Company and other ranchers in the area. If you have news to share, please let us know so we can help spread the word.