In central Iowa, small-scale hog farmer Travis Flaherty takes pride in raising his animals more sustainably, allowing them to exhibit their natural behaviors.
When fifth generation farmer Joe Mickelson transitioned to small-scale diversification, he discovered that raising pigs in the open air was a new—and much more enjoyable—experience.
On Alderland Farm in Iowa, this family of hog farmers is working to raise their livestock sustainably.
For Mindy and Drew Duff, sustainability also means being able to keep farming in the family.
The Kenyons knew they needed to find a stable market that would allow them to raise their hogs humanely and sustainably.
Carlson Family Farm gives their hogs plenty of time outdoors so they have the freedom to move and express their natural habits.
Since changing their livestock practices, farmers Benjamin and Bryanna Harner say it is rewarding to see happier, calmer pigs.
David and Christy Borrowman knew their farm needed to be different from the ones they grew up with.
This family farmer believes that all farms can work on implementing practices that support healthy environments.