COLD SPRING, N.Y. -- Glynwood Center Farm, in Cold Spring, has become the first farm in Putnam County to be awarded a top grassfed certification.
Glynwood is the first farming business in the county to be "Certified Grassfed" by A Greener World. It is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet, and raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives -- in addition to being managed on an independent family farm according to Animal Welfare Approved's high welfare and environmental standards.
The high-welfare standards also apply to handling, transport and slaughter, including an annual review of slaughter facilities.
Ken Kleinpeter, vice-president of operations at Glynwood Center Farm, works closely with livestock manager, Donald Arrant, to raise beef cattle, laying hens, pigs, goats and sheep on Glynwood's pastures. Although the farm has been certified by AWA since 2013 for its high-welfare and environmental management practices, the Glynwood team was eager to gain the Certified Grassfed status for their grassfed cattle.
"Glynwood Center Farm plays a key educational role in modeling a range of environmentally sustainable practices and long-term demonstration projects to other farmers across the country," Kleinpeter said.
Consumer Reports has praised Certified AWA as the only "highly meaningful" label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability.
"No other grassfed label can match the breadth, integrity and transparency offered by AGW's practical and achievable Certified Grassfed standards and certification procedures," said AGW Director of Communications Emily Moose. "We're proud to support farmers and ranchers like Glynwood Center Farm and to help them promote their high-quality grassfed meat and sustainable farming practices to the public."
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