Cassopolis farm awarded environmental, animal welfare certifications

Published 7:48 am Thursday, March 7, 2024

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CASSOPOLIS — The pigs and flock of laying hens at Willowbrook Farms are now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World.

This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. It is acknowledged by Consumer Reports as the only “excellent” food label for animal welfare and verification.

Like other Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers across the country, the Frias family recognizes the growing consumer interest in how animals are raised on farms. Managing animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment.

Pigs at Willowbrook Farms root and forage on the farm’s pasture and range, while hens are allowed to roam free – running, dust bathing, pecking and scratching for grubs and seeds. The farm uses rotational grazing practices and sustainable farming techniques, which results in lower environmental impact and a higher quality product. Vanessa Frias of Willowbrook Farms says all of the hard work is worthwhile. 

“We’re committed to what we do, and we want to offer the very best products for our customers.”

“We’re proud to certify farms like Willowbrook Farms that have demonstrated their commitment to transparency and verified, high-welfare, farming practices,” said AGW Executive Director Emily Moose. “These stewards are quite literally building a greener world while producing delicious food, and we’re honored to help consumers find them—and in doing so choose products that match their values.”

Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pork and chicken eggs from Willowbrook Farms are available directly from the farm, through the self-service farm store, with online order and pick-up/area delivery and at multiple farmers’ markets. Check the AGW directory for details. For more information about Willowbrook Farms, visit, follow the farm on Facebook, Instagram and get in touch with Vanessa online, or (574) 386-7550.

A Greener World identifies, audits, certifies and promotes practical, sustainable farming systems by supporting farmers and ranchers and informing consumers. AGW’s growing family of trusted certifications includes Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW, Certified Regenerative by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Each program is designed to have positive and measurable impacts on the environment, society and animals, and to encourage truly sustainable farming practices. AGW’s standards and procedures are robust, transparent and achievable.

A nonprofit funded by donations, AGW offers a range of resources to help people make informed food choices, including an Online Directory of certified farms and products and Food Labels Exposed—a definitive guide to food label claims (available in print and online). For more information visit