Pastured pork

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are discontinuing the production of pastured pork until further notice.
Pigs are interesting animals, while raising 6 pigs twice a year we have learned many things about their needs and their impact on the land. Pigs are voracious eaters and of course that is one of their qualities that has been selected for so that they would grow big fast and produce nutritious meat for us to consume. The heritage breeds have great qualities in that they have kept some of their natural behaviours of being active. We have observed with joy their eager foraging for vegetative cover and rooting for grubs and roots in the soil. We have never lost a pig to disease or had any trouble with parasites, as we've been able to pasture our pigs on a different 2 to 4 acres of our land for each batch that we've raised. Although raising pigs on pasture and organic feed has been successful in producing what we believe is high quality meat, we have learned a few things from the behavior of the pigs as well as the impact to the land: 1. 6 Pigs would do better with more than 2 to 4 acres of pasture. Although it may be hard to believe, since conventional pork production barely allows pigs to turn around in their pens, we have experience pigs' desire to roam farther than their 2-4 acres. Constantly digging around fences and maneuvering gates or slipping under electric wire to go farther than their designated pasture has occurred towards the end of their growth almost for every single batch of pigs we raised. Now this, we could say, is inevitable with raising any kind of animals on a farm with limited borders and I would agree with this. But this led to: 2. Pig natural behavior leads to land degradation. Pigs like to root in the soil which loosens plant roots and exposes bare soil. This, in addition to hoof traffic of active pigs and lack of new spaces, leads to significant erosion. Pigs like to wade, which means they create holes that they can either take a dust bath or if it rains they can lie in the pool of water that has been caught in the hole as the infiltration of water has been completely hindered from the compaction created instinctively by the pig for this purpose. 
Now, we do not blame the pigs for being pigs and I am certainly grateful for the added fertility from their manure and the nutrition that they have provided from their bodies. However, we cannot ignore the physical disturbance they have created on the designated areas they were kept. As the managers of this land we have to make decisions the lead to ecological balance. In certain spaces we've used to raise the pigs we've been able to reseed the areas after, but we are already running out of new spaces to put our pigs and so we are in a sense listening to the land and taking a break from raising pigs to allow the system to restore itself. Pigs are not the only animal that lead to land degradation. We've discontinued raising lamb for similar reasons. Overgrazing due to the number of grazers and the less than optimal health of our pastures is easy to recognize. Perhaps we will be able to bring in more animals in the future, but it is clear we have to revitalize the soil and pastures first. We would like pigs to feel free to behave like pigs, and it is important for goats to do what goats do, and sheep to be sheep, but we have a responsibility to maintain the balance of the whole ecosystem of the farm, such that it can support all of its parts.

Pasture raised
heritage pigs
organic feed
never fed antibiotics, dewormers or any other chemicals

Our prices are $4.75/lbs whole and $5.25/lbs half on hanging weight plus additional butchering fees paid at the butcher, which usually range around 75 cents a lbs. Be sure to ask for bones and fat.

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