Traditional and resilient breeds (of a bygone era) that thrived on on our ancestors farms.
We focus on raising heritage breeds. We currently have chickens, sheep, and pigs. As we continue to grow our farm, we plan to add more heritage breed livestock to continue to providing benefits to the land and ecosystem, including: sequestering carbon, increasing biodiversity, and overall soil health.
In years past we have raised turkeys, ducks, and quail for meat or egg production and may expand into some or all of these again in the future. As a small farm, we prefer a controlled growth and expansion that is responsible for both the animals and the farmers. We include what we think is the best fit for us and our farm's scale.
Why are heritage breeds important? With the rise of industrial commercial farming over the last 50 years, heritage breeds have become rare as they don't fit into a large conventional farming scale very well.
That is because heritage breeds are known for being slower growing, smaller, having inherent mothering instincts, natural mating abilities, adaptability to various climates, pest and disease resistance, and are great foragers. They can thrive on pasture, while living in outdoor natural environments as animals were meant to exist (and not living in barns). Heritage breeds play an important role in preserving important livestock diversity for farmers, and we are committed to helping heritage breeds thrive again. We use no hormones, antibiotics, or worming medications on our livestock. We provide all our animals with a healthy and natural outdoor environment where they can thrive, so medications are not necessary. Supplemental hay fed to our sheep and pigs is sourced from a local certified organic farm that is less than 5 miles from our farm. Any supplemental feed for our chickens or pigs is also certified organic from local and regional (east coast) sources. We choose the best so our animals can live a happy stress free life.
About our breeds:
From the Shetland Isles, Scotland. Based on their history, they have lived on the Shetland Islands for over 1,000 years and are most likely a descendant of ancient Scandinavian sheep. They have adapted to living and thriving harsh climate, including cold and wet environments. The extremely rugged conditions of the geographical location where Shetland Sheep were isolated, has created a unique and important breed. Known for their strong and soft prized wool, they are also small in size ranging from 75-100 lbs.
American Guinea Hog:
Guinea Hogs are a small and unique heritage breed that developed throughout the Southeast USA. As a landrace breed, preserving their qualities into the future is important to maintaining the original characteristics of the breed. They were prevalent in the 1800s and early 1900s, before the rise of industrialized food production and lard fell out of favor in the 20th century. Guinea Hogs are friendly and docile pigs. They have the qualities of a true heritage breed like natural foraging abilities and great mothering skills. Weighing 150-300 lbs. they are a perfect size for small farms or homesteads.
We have a mixed flock of heritage breed layer chickens, including: Barred Plymouth Rock, Dutch Brabanters, Russian Orloff, Norwegian Jaerhon, and Easter Eggers (which a modern hybrid created from heritage breeds). We plan to continue expanding our layer flock into the future.