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VPR Cafe: Animal Welfare Certifications Lead To Grant For South Hero Farm

Joan Falcoa and Bob Fireovid of Health Hero Farm say that moving their herd to fresh pasture one-to-three times per day allows for better grazing and better beef.
Daria Bishop
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Seven Days
Joan Falcoa and Bob Fireovid of Health Hero Farm say that moving their herd to fresh pasture one-to-three times per day allows for better grazing and better beef.

When it comes to food, we see lots of labels like "all natural," "free range" and others that have no legal definition, are unverified or meaningless. But Health Hero Farm in South Hero is, in fact, certified 100 percent grass-fed and animal welfare approved, and recently received a grant to promote why those certifications matter.      

After visiting the farm, Seven Days food writer Melissa Pasanen stopped by The VPR Cafe to chat about Health Hero owners Joan Falcoa and Bob Fireovid, their humanley-raised livestock, and the experience and knowledge the couple brought from Washington, D.C. to Vermont. She also explains the challenges of creating a profitable business while striving to meet the standards for grass feeding and animal welfare.

Just click the play button (above) to hear more about Health Hero Farm's certifications and the grant they recieved through both the ASPCA and Food Animal Concerns Trust. You can also read Pasanen's article, "Health Hero Farm Promotes Awareness of Humane Certification." 

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