Pigs!! (And Pork....)
Pigs are kind of like the bad habit that I just can't quit. They are smart and social and hilarious and occasionally infuriating. Over the years I have tried everything from just keeping a couple pigs to help with tilling and fertilizing fallow fields, to selling 8 week old weaners, to raising pigs on pasture for sale "on the hoof." This past summer I had a boar named Francis (any English history buffs out there?) who did not have much respect for fences. And four sows who were not supposed to be impregnated when they were. Which led to four winter litters and a few too many piglets born a little too early for most of the DIY folks I usually sell spring piglets to! But what's a farmer to do, besides buying ever more straw and pig feed? And taking the opportunity to finally make the leap into a new porcine venture, of course. Maybe this will be the year that my eldest daughter doesn't look at me and roll her eyes every time I talk about my pigs.....
If you are interested in any of those options, get in touch with me! The first of our pork should be available later in June or early July. Our pigs are raised communally with plenty of space and care. They will be moved out on pasture once the ground thaws and we can put up mobile fences. They are fed Alaska Mill and Feed's Pig Grower mix which contains largely Alaskan barley, as well as local hay and all our produce "seconds" and weeds in summer (and potatoes from the "root cellar" in winter). I will update this site with more details on pricing and ordering once I figure it out.
Please note that our pork will NOT be USDA Organic. While I would love to offer organic pork, the price of feed is just prohibitive.