Our Practices are:
Sustainable: We are committed to sustainable, regenerative agriculture that leaves our farmland better than we found it. Whether by rotating our pigs’ pasture, cover cropping our fields, growing our flowers and vegetables organically, or managing our orchard with integrated pest management, we’ve selected growing practices that value the health of our farm, our family, and our community.
Humane: There is a lot of love that goes into farming, especially with animals. We rise and fall with our pigs, and when they leave us, we are only contented knowing that our family and friends will have safe, delicious food for the year. We never give our pigs hormones or treat them with unnecessary antibiotics, and we are committed to Animal Welfare Approved standards for our herd’s care.
Modern: We love innovative agriculture. Farmer Rico stays up late at night researching crops the pigs can root up in pasture, systems we can use to (futuristically) grow our own grain, cover crops that suppress fungal activity, and cutting-edge orchard trellises. We embrace the intersection of modern science and sustainable agriculture.
More About our Pigs:
“I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” -Wendell Berry
We agree with Wendell Berry: our Berkshire, Duroc, Tamworth, and Old Spot heritage breed hogs are on pasture as much as Vermont weather allows. These breeds are vigorous and well-adapted to life outdoors; they love browsing grass and rooting in the dirt. They are also known for high quality meat, and our customers agree; many tell us it is the best pork they’ve ever had. In addition to nutrients from pasture, we feed our hogs grain, extra fruits and vegetables from our farm, and whey or skim milk from local dairy farms.