Simple Natural Pork
We care about how the sausage is made.
Raising pigs on a sustainable farm seems counterintuitive at first, but we use our pigs as a form of land management. Pigs get a bad reputation because of commercial farming practices but we use ours as a tool. Pigs naturally earn their living by rooting, grubbing, digging and wallowing in mud and dirt all day. We use them to alleviate the woodland and pasture of unwanted small trees, vines, and bushes then move the pigs to different pasture or woodland to continue their work. The land they open up allows native grasses and forage for wildlife to grow. This type of management is beneficial for both the land and the animal. If pigs don’t get enough mental stimulation, they resort to chewing one another’s tails and other nervous behavior. Life on the pasture and in the woodland with other pigs is inherently interesting and good for pigs mental well-being.
Pigs are omnivores, just like us. They do better with a varied and balanced diet. We accomplish this by keeping our pigs on pasture and woodland and also by providing supplemental calories in the form of locally milled non-GMO feed.
Our animals naturally live in good, healthy environments. Here are some of our criteria for pigs:
- Continuous access to pasture or woodland
- No antibiotics or hormones
- No tail docking
- Pens are rarely used and only used in harsh weather conditions or to protect the very young from predators. Our pens offer plenty of space to move around and straw to play with.
- A varied and interesting diet combining forage, high-quality, locally milled, non-GMO feed, and our own produce.
- Secure fencing to prevent pigs from escaping and becoming part of the feral hog problem
All about the pork.
Pastured pork is both healthy and delicious. Because commercial pigs have been bred to be extremely lean, most pastured pork seems richer by comparison. Once you try pastured pork you’ll be able to tell the difference.
We raise Tamworth pigs. We have chosen this breed because Tamworths are leaner and provide a greater quantity of bacon. They are also great foragers and are docile, which is important to us because our little farm also serves as our homestead.