2013 Pig Share Program
Will Open Late April,
If you would like to receive information about the 2013 pig share, please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org..
What is a Pig Share?
In a pig share customers, or “share holders”, commit to purchasing a whole or half pig in the spring by making a deposit. The farmer can then put the deposit toward the cost of raising the pig. In the fall the remaining cost is paid when the pig is butchered and delivered. Share holders receive a variety of cuts including hams, chops, bacon, sausage and more.
This model strengthens connections between communities and farmers. Farmers benefit from financial support early in the season, while share holders benefit from connecting with a local farmer and receiving a year’s supply of delicious, high quality pork. This relationship allows share holders to learn more about the farm, how the animals are raised and where their food comes from.
Rootdown Organic Farm raised 16 Tamworth pigs in 2012. Our pigs are raised with no antibiotics, we feed them certified organic grain and local oats and raise them on our organic pasture. Every two weeks the pigs are rotated to fresh grass where they have ample space to root around.
Again this year we will be selling whole or half pig shares. For more details about cost and timing, please feel free to email email@example.com.
Why We Raise Animals
We believe that it is important to incorporated animals into our farm. A sustainable farm is one that mimics and works with the natural ecosystem, and in any ecosystem there are both plants and animals. The animals on our farm, both pigs and chickens, play an important role in managing our farm “agro-ecosystem”. In addition to providing food, their manure helps cycle nutrients on the farm so we do not have to buy so much manure from outside. They also help prepare old fields by rooting around and scratching up weeds.
We rotate our pigs and chickens through future vegetable fields. The animals spread their manure and control pests and weeds, while enjoying the fresh pasture. Our animals are healthy because they are out in fresh air with lots of space, where they can eat grass and bugs and are able to express their natural behaviour. We love our animals as they are a joy to be around and because they are an integral part of our sustainable farm system.