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Joy and Purpose with Pigs? Heck Yeah!

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From the very beginning, when we first decided to raise pork here at Stonecrop Farm, Greg knew we were going to have our own breeding program. Few area farmers do this but it was very important to us and here's why:

1. Breeding here means that we can guarantee the animals we raise are treated humanely from the day they're born, to the day they go to the butcher and are always clean, organic, and healthy. 

2. Breeding here means that we don't need to buy piglets from farms that might not share the same standards that we have when it comes to animal husbandry, rotational grazing, and organic principals. 

3.  Lastly, we wanted to know (with absolute certainty) that the flavor and texture of our pork is exceptional every single time, which you might not get with pigs from different farms with varied genetics and histories. 

Knowing all of this, livestock farmers like us try to select their sows carefully. We consider things like the sow's temperament, their farrowing abilities, mothering instincts, their hardiness to weather extremes, the flavor profile, and the cute-ness factor ( I mean, those spotted piglets are just the best, right?).

We've lucked out so far and wound up with 5 great sows and a feisty boar that are perfect for our systems. Though they are certainly an investment in terms of our energy and resources, we've found that raising pigs this way brings us joy and purpose and I've learned that that feeling is always a good sign that we're on the right path.    

We love hearing from you! What do you think about our breeding program? What does this aspect of our farm mean to you? 

Your Farmers, 
Jenney & Greg
 

"A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand is that the two statements in that sentence are connected by an and, and not by a but." 
John Berger, About Looking 1980

Have You Been Wondering About Our Farm's Name?

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It was back in the spring of 2015.  Greg was heading into his third season as an organic veggie farmer. Because farmers usually have too much time on their hands (HA HA!), he decided that in addition to growing veggies, he wanted to raise some livestock on the side. 

At this point, we were relatively new to Rochester. We had moved here just 2 years prior and didn't know many people and this meant that we had absolutely no customer base. I assumed we would start with 20 or 30 turkeys but Greg decided that we would raise 150 turkeys and then added on some chickens and ducks. All the sudden, we had a business and that meant we needed a website and by golly we needed....a NAME! 

I remember I came home from my day-job a few weeks after we purchased our first turkey poults and Greg had something on his mind. As I've said before, he is a thoughtful guy and when he has something to say, you can usually tell. He told me that he had been thinking about our new business and had decided to name it Stonecrop Farm.  

Stonecrop isn't just the name of a pretty succulent. In my family, it signifies so much more. It was the name of my Dad's childhood home, located just 3 miles from where I grew up. It was where my grandfather taught my Dad to care for horses and chickens and passed on his passion for gardening. It was where I learned to swim and where most of our family gatherings took place. Stonecrop could, at most, have been considered a homestead, but it's our closest family connection to farming.

Naming a business is a pretty big deal. It's got to be easy to say, memorable, and meaningful. When it came time to name our farm, I left the decision entirely to Greg and I think he hit the nail on the head. Don't you? 

Your Farmers, 
Greg & Jenney