_Established in 1998 by John and Vickie Hinkley in Toledo, Washington, New Heritage Farms is located on the prairie that follows the Cowltiz River. On land homesteaded in the 1870's by John's family, we built our own log home and started farming. We started with simple rotational grazing for the beef and several chicken tractors John built. Now, even the pigs are rotationally grazed.
John was the driving force behind the selection of the heritage breeds. And he put the focus on rotational and intensive grazing. I was more the spectator farmer, of course with opinions, ha!
But John was doing it. He wanted to demonstrate how people could get off the riding lawn mower and put out a calf to raise their own meat. He was constantly reading about and implementing ever increasing sustainable methods. He wanted to renew the land and grow the food ... and he did. I am continuing the dream, and loving it. Pigs are my number one thing, but I still have a cow-calf beef herd for grass finished beef. Not bad for city folk.
The heritage breed Tamworths live on pastures most of their lives. The parents live under the oak grove, with lots of Room to Roam and Root. I usually bring the moms home to farrow, where their babies are safe in the barn; then out into paddocks and eventually back to the pasture and oak grove.
Since we got our first Tamworths in 2005, we've been growing, breeding and luv'n the Tamworth pigs. Listed as a threatened breed, the Tamworths were once raised here, locals recognized the breed and told us so, but they'd disappeared from the North West completely. We imported our first Tamworths from Colorado, and later from Virginia. In 2012 new blood lines from Iowa and Illinois.
The Tamworth, aka the Irish Grazer, is considered a fine homestead pig, a medium sized pig, a gentle and active pig, and a good mother. Don't be fooled by the Grazer label, they also root like crazy! Reclaiming brush-land is made easy with these pigs. Classified as a Bacon Pig (vs a Lard Pig) the Tamworth is longer and leaner, while still having rich flavor and a fine, firm texture. I make every effort to raise the pigs as naturally as possible; not rushed to market, but allowed to mature and marble naturally on the land.
Registered breeding stock and pork weaners are available Spring and Fall - reserve EARLY.
See Tamworth PIGS.
No longer selling Pork. This page is just FYI.
See Pasture Perfect Pork.
My animals are raised with care and consideration. I love my pigs! The pasture and woods are natural: no herbicides or fertilizers have been used in over 10 years, but it is not organic.
Over the years we've used fewer and fewer conventional methods, such as vaccinations, pesticides, antibiotics, and fertilizers. By adding more and more bio-diversity to their pastures, we further build the animals' natural immune system. Excepting one vaccination required by law, for breeding heifers, I don't vaccinate anymore. On the other hand, if an animal needs antibiotics to survive, I will administer them, as any farmer would. The difference is I also let them recover here, at their home, and continue on with their lives.
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Farmhouse 360 * 864 * 8515