Dustin Cheatham raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) laying hens on pasture at Pop’s Organics in Lufkin, Texas.
Dustin recently returned to the land where he learned to farm, and started Pop’s Organics. “I am a third generation, small-scale farmer,” says Dustin. “I was lucky enough to have a father and grandfather who taught me how to work the land.”
Pop’s Organics is located on 33 acres in the Piney Woods of East Texas, and over half the land is covered in thickly wooded forest. Dustin raises Rhode Island Reds, which are well suited to the Texas climate and thrive outdoors on pasture. Research shows that pasture-based management is not only better for animal welfare, but results in tasty and nutritious eggs with more beta carotene and higher levels of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids when compared to conventional eggs.
Achieving a truly sustainable farming model is important to Dustin and, in time, he hopes to restore the land to the condition he remembers when growing up. Dustin chose Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification because he felt it reflected the values and practices that were passed on to him by his family: “I sought out Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW because it shares the same important farming values that my grandfather and father shared with me,” Dustin explains. “As an approved farmer, I’m able to share the same values with others who see the importance of sustainable, high-welfare farming.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pasture-raised chicken eggs from Pop’s Organics are currently available direct from the farm Monday to Saturday, 8 AM to 7 PM. For more information, contact Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org and 832-407-2781.