The farmers that make our mohair and merino wool products happen …
Glen works with our farmers, assuring ethical animal and land stewardship. He develops cooperative farmer relationships, and provides oversight for quality control of both the animal fiber and conservation practices.
A lifelong farmer with broad livestock experience, Glen, with his son Mark, own and operate the 190 acre corn, soybean, alfalfa hay and 100 head Angora goat farm in Perry County, Pennsylvania that produces much of our mohair. Recently, the farm was recognized for its high standard of conservation by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service by acceptance into the National Conservation Stewardship Program.
For the past 24 years, Glen Cauffman has been the director of farm operations at Penn State University at State College, PA. His areas of responsibility have included land stewardship and planning, and providing a diverse array of services to the Agricultural College and the University. The farm operations unit has the responsibility of producing feed for livestock research, growing crops for food and biofuels, and utilizing the nutrients of animal waste with innovative processing, in addition to conducting supporting research and environmental integrity throughout the University system.
Judith M. Shoemaker
Dr. Shoemaker helps compile our educational material and create animal management and husbandry protocols for producers as well as consulting on veterinary topics.
Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM, is an internationally known practitioner and educator in integrative veterinary medicine and therapy. Dr. Shoemaker is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She is licensed in eleven East Coast states. Dr. Shoemaker’s unique equine, production, exotic, and companion animal integrative practice utilizes chiropractic, acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homotoxicology, homeopathy, nutrition, physical therapy, and other alternative modalities. She provides comprehensive maintenance, therapy, and consultation to equine competitors in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Shoemaker’s smaller patients include top competitors, service and search and rescue dogs, small production animals including sheep, goats, and camellids, as well as many wonderful companions. The integration of conventional and complementary modalities provides significant improvement in the well-being and performance of all types of animals in her practice. Her practice. Always Helpful Veterinary Services, is celebrating the recognition of Dr. Shoemaker as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s Practitioner of the Year!
In honoring the significance of the human-animal bond, Dr. Shoemaker provides information for all involved to benefit from holistic care. Dr. Shoemaker‘s mission is to generate and support balance and consciousness that allow optimal health.
Mark contributes to invaluable labor and important management over the farm. He helps to ensure quality feed production and storage for market crops. He is instrumental in all construction projects and helps provide animal security and care.
Mark has been an integral part of the family farm operation throughout his life. He has been an award-winning participant in 4-H and FFA programs and has always supported and promoted agriculture and animal care. Today, he is an employee of a milk producers’ association. Mark serves as a liaison and educator for dairy farmers, helping to ensure their compliance with regulations and maintaining milk quality for consumers.
Lynn Reisinger – Marketing Coordinator
A rural southern girl, raised on a small farm, Lynn is happy working with PAN’s Angora goats, guardian llamas and peacocks. Active with social media, she is promoting public awareness of the superior qualities of natural sustainable fibers. Her efficiency in the office and love for the animals makes everyone at PAN happy, especially the critters! Lynn works with our customers and with all things relating to sales, production and processing of the luxurious mohair accessories and unique yarns that PAN creates. Lynn has a natural, kind personality that shares with our clients the joy of knowing that our comfortable, soft garments and yarn come from happy goats that turn air, sunshine, water, and plants into sustainable, long-lasting fashion.
Ben Reisinger – Volunteer Herdsman
A decorated veteran with 20+ years of military service, Ben has returned to his roots and found his passion for animal husbandry and all things farming. Ben and his wife, Lynn, moved into the 40-acre farm of his grandfather–who was a decorated veteran of World War II. The farmhouse was vacant for years and the land has been severely neglected, almost overcome with noxious weeds and briars. Pure American Naturals (PAN) is fostering Ben’s inherent love of farming by joining forces! Not having an agricultural background, Ben is pursuing the skills needed to rehabilitate and develop his family’s farm. His increasing involvement with Pure American Naturals’ farming of Angora goats, alfalfa hay, corn and soybeans is helping him rapidly gain that farming expertise. Ben helps manage PAN’s large Angora goat herd with one goal being the establishment of an Angora goat and fine wool sheep enterprise into his own farm. He also wants to provide a retreat setting for veterans to feel the peace and serenity of farm ecology, as well as provide beautiful natural fiber and food for people and animals.