BEREA, KY (MARCH 30, 2021)—Berea College Farm in Berea, KY, is celebrating 10 years of certification with Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW), the leading animal welfare and sustainability label across North America. The farm is also celebrating their sesquicentennial in 2021.

Located in the rolling hills of Kentucky, Berea College was founded in 1855. The Berea College Farm program, which included a garden, livestock and a creamery, started in 1871 as a way to produce food for students and staff. Over time, however, the school’s food program shifted focus to off-farm suppliers as less expensive alternatives became available. In recent years, with a renewed focus on local food and wide support for campus-based agriculture, the college saw an opportunity to restore the farm to its former importance as a source of food for the community.

According to a press release from A Green World, Berea College Farm achieved Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification for the herd of beef cattle in 2011. Today, they raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW beef cattle and pigs, providing food to the dining services at Berea College as well as the local community through a campus-based store. Bob Harned, Berea College Farm Manager, and his team will receive a commemorative metal farm sign to acknowledge the decade of certification—and ongoing commitment to high-welfare, sustainable farming.

The Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label lets consumers know farm animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. Consumer Reports has rated Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW as the only “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability—and the only animal welfare certification in which they have confidence. A recent report from the influential Hartman Group, a leading food and beverage market research company, reveals Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW label has the highest impact on consumer purchasing behavior of any food label.

Bob Harned, Farm Manager of Berea College Farm stated in the release,“Our Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification is something we’re very proud of. We wanted to become Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW to encourage people to contact us to find out what the label means about how our livestock is managed. As a college farm, we use our AGW certification as a way to teach students about high-welfare, pasture-based husbandry and to build those important skills in future farmers.”

“We’re so proud to celebrate 10 years with Berea College Farm and we applaud their commitment to good stewardship, community values and transparency," AGW Executive Director Emily Moose said. "Bob Harned, along with students and staff that make up the Berea College Farm team, have consistently been leaders in sustainable, high-welfare livestock management and have been at the forefront of the growing market for verified sustainable products. We celebrate our shared successes over the last decade—and look forward to the next.”

For more information about Berea College Farm, visit www.berea.edu/anr/berea-college-farm and bereacollegefarmstore.com, stay connected with the farm’s Facebook page and contact Farm Manager, Bob Harned at bob_harned@berea.edu and (859) 358-0780.

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