Kenneth and Helen Stevens raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) and Certified Non-GMO by AGW pigs outdoors on pasture and range at Buck Marsh All Natural in Seven Springs, North Carolina. Pigs at Buck Marsh All Natural are free to root and forage as pigs naturally do. This high-welfare management is a fundamental component of AGW certification and is known to have environmental, nutritional, and culinary benefits.
The Stevens are also a member of the North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association, a cooperative of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW hog producers who sell to restaurants, retailers and food processors throughout the region. Selling through a cooperative can offer many advantages: By aggregating and coordinating supply, for example, the individual family farm members can secure larger market opportunities that would be impossible to achieve on their own.