Animal Welfare Approved is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its 2011-2012 Good Husbandry Grants. Now in its fourth year, the Good Husbandry Grants program has funded nearly one hundred projects across the country to improve farm animal welfare. Certified farmers and those who have submitted an application for AWA certification may apply for up to $5,000 towards projects such as mobile housing, breeding stock, and on-farm processing equipment. Slaughter plants working with or seeking to work with AWA farmers are also eligible for funding. The funding priorities for this year’s cycle include improved genetics, increased outdoor access, welfare improvements in the slaughter process and non-lethal predator control. A primary goal of this grant program is to facilitate the growth and success of high-welfare, pasture-based systems.
Monday night we had a table at the panel, “Power, People, Poultry” sponsored by the UNC student group FLO. FLO stands for Fair, Local and Organic and is an association of students working to get this type of food into the school and into the larger food chain. Goals of the group include:
1. Establish a system of tracking sustainable progress
2. Sign on to the principles of the Real Food Challenge
3. Establish a Local/Seasonal menu database
4. Re-introduce grassfed burgers to Bottom of Lenior [UNC Dining Facilities]
5. Three Green Theme Meals per semester
6. Certification of local farms to develolp a Sustainable Farm Database
These may seem like lofty goals, but the group has already managed to get local grassfed beef onto the menu every Wednesday until the end of the semester. We enjoyed meeting such a committed group of students and wish them every success in supporting local, sustainable agriculture. For more information visit the FLO website.