We were seeking a breed that had a strong instinct for livin' la vida Pasture, and boy did we find some pasturing fiends in this lucky lil' group of 7. They love rooting around, eating grass, and stealing each others grubs. But most of all, they love their Pig Palace Grandeur! (see video) This was the visionary brain child of Farmer Rye.
The pigs will play an absolutely vital role in the Fresh Starts Farm operation. We will use their natural tilling power, combined with their desire to leave their manure wherever they go, to enhance soil fertility in our fields. As we look to expand our current vegetable production area, we will be putting that land into a succession of cover crops, running pigs through to eat and till up the cover crops, seed in more cover crops and repeat the cycle. Over the course of the season this will help to reduce weed/grass population in that area, while adding great fertility. As well, we also have close to 40 acres of clover/grass pasture which the pigs will rotate through.
Watch these lil' guys in action below!
However, it is not only in our grass/clover pastures and cover-cropped future vegetable production areas that these little pigs have a role. For on our 160 acres we have 65 acres of woodland that are filled with Oak Trees. For those of you familiar with the infamous acorn-finished Black Iberian Pigs in Spain, I am sure the salivary glands are running full steam ahead. For those not familiar, let's just say there is something mystically delightful in the relationship between acorns and mouth-watering pork. Our woodlands have a wonderful mix of Northern Red Oak, White Oak, Northern Pin Oak and Burr Oak. We aim to slowly move towards running the pigs through the woodlands in the Fall to feast upon the fallen acorns, and producing a regionally re-known pork product.