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Margo's Garden awarded animal welfare certification

Oct. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

BUFFALO, W.Va. -- The flock of laying hens at Margo's Garden in Buffalo, W.Va. are now certified as Animal Welfare Approved. The farm has also been approved to supply Animal Welfare Approved cattle breeding and feeder stock. This certification and food label lets consumers know that these animals were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.

Like other AWA farmers across the country, farmers Margo and Jerry White recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are being raised. Raising animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment. After growing up around livestock and serving as a state-licensed veterinary nurse for 30 years, Margo is excited to be operating by the highest available standards for animal welfare on her own farm. "We applied for certification with Animal Welfare Approved because we wanted to show our customers that we really do put animal comfort and well-being first, and that our products are of the highest quality," says Margo. She cites organic and sustainable practices as the aspects of farming that are most important to her because they preserve and improve the land.

Margo's Garden AWA-certified eggs are available seasonally at Putnam Farmers' Market in Putnam County, W.Va. and are also at neighboring AWA-certified Ittle Bitty Farm in Redhouse, W.Va. For more information visit Animal Welfare Approved's online directory at www.animalwelfareapproved.org/product-search.