Bruce and Brenda Trevis raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) laying hens outdoors on pasture at Minneola Organic Farms in Zumbrota, Minnesota. Bruce and Brenda first learned about the Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW program through the People’s Food Coop in Rochester, a community-owned grocery store dedicated to supporting local, sustainable farms, who asked them to certify. Retailers and consumers alike understand the importance of supporting independent farmers whose responsible agricultural practices provide positive stewardship of the environment and the animals under their care.
Bruce and Brenda raise their hens outdoors, where the birds are free to feed on vegetation, grass seeds and insects, and can perform natural behaviors like running and dust bathing, as they believe it’s better for the animals and the environment—and results in healthier, better tasting eggs! Scientific research shows that pasture-raised eggs contain three times as much vitamin E, seven times more beta-carotene, and twice the amount of omega 3 fatty acids as industrial eggs. Purchasing Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW products also ensures the animals are raised according to high-welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range.