Update May 13, 2020:
We have pork shares available!!
Call us for more details @ 503-662-3191 (landline)
Our history with eggs started in Georgia in 2012. We started with the trifecta of Pearl White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, and Ameraucanas. We fell in love with the Leghorns since they were extremely friendly and T could easily pick them up and hold them. He would play under a shade tree there, climbing on its nearly horizontal trunk with several of them up there playing along. The Rhode Island Reds often pecked me, and the Ameraucanas didn’t want anything to do with us. Of course, Leghorns were also the most productive and so it was a win-win for our small operation.
Fast forward to 2020: we currently have about 100 Pearl White Leghorns (white eggs), 35 Golden Comets (brown eggs), and 15 True Blue Whitings (blue eggs). They live in the Chicken House, a structure we built in 2015 out of the old barn wood and metal roofing we salvaged when we dismantled our old barn. The Chicken House is situated with the best view of the property surrounded by several apple and hawthorn trees where the chickens hang out on sunny days. We erected a 6-ft pasture fence (Leghorns are flighty!) and use temporary fencing to allow for frequent pasture rotation. One of our primary goals is for them to have as much green eatin’ as possible! We use Bar Ale non-GMO chicken feed.
We’ve raised both Cornish Cross and Red Ranger meat birds, and there sure is a difference! The Cornish is what you’d expect from the supermarket: giant breasts and lots of soft, white meat. This year we will be raising limited quantities of Cornish Cross because we find that’s where the demand is and it’s the most economical bird to raise on the farm. We use non-GMO chicken or organic feed for our meat birds. Our current stores of chicken are selling out quickly, but contact us if you’re interested in reserving upcoming birds.
This is our fourth year raising pigs, and we enjoy them immensely! We made the mistake of bring our first batch home in my Subaru (it was freezing that day and I didn’t want them to catch cold in a trailer) and the car was never the same. We’ve raised several permutations of Hereford, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Tamworth and Large Black crosses. While young, the pigs live in the indoor/outdoor paddock in our barn where we handle them often.
Enjoying mouthfuls of grass and sunshine:
Once they’re used to us and trained to the electric fencing we move them to pasture, where they are typically moved about every week to fresh pasture. We’ve built a series of “microbarns” that act as hubs as the pigs are rotated. They snarffle under the black walnut trees, eating windfall fruit and nuts. We feed our pigs a locally-milled, no soy, non-GMO grain and pea-based meal.
About Reserving and Buying Pork:
We currently have a wide range of USDA cuts of pork available for purchase on farm or through our local outlets – see “Where to Find Us” for more details.
We now also have a limited number of whole and half pork shares available this fall. $100 deposit required to reserve each half share. Call us for details.
Vegetables. Herbs. Flowers. Oh Yeah.
Seeds are pure and simple magic, and we always enjoy growing something new. We’re working to perfect some favorites we’ve grown in the past, like celery, strawberries, and leeks. In addition to numerous staple items including herbs and cut flowers, we are excited to grow the kind of crops that our boys will eat by the handful in the field. If this happens, then we know we’re doing something right! We built 20×40 and 30×70 greenhouses that have helped extend our season, so we’re looking forward to a strong melon season this year.