Alluvial Farms raises heritage breed pastured pigs on organic pastures. Pigs have constant access to the outdoors as well as a big airy barn where they can nest down and stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter. We source piglets from local breeders who meet a high standard of humane animal handling. The pigs we raise are crosses of the following breeds: Old Spot, Red Wattle, Berkshire, Duroc, Hereford, Hampshire and Blue Butt. In 2019 we will start our own breeding program with red wattle x Old Spot and Berkshire sows.
In addition to forage from organic pastures, Alluvial Farms free choice feeds our pigs the highest quality Organic grains. In November 2018 Alluvial Farms started milling and mixing our own barley/field pea grain ration. We add a certified organic mineral mix and probiotics to the grain ration. The herd drinks 100 gallons of jersey cream milk per week, thanks to our partnership with Twin Brook Creamery in Lynden, WA. We farm forage crops in the paddocks our pigs have vacated, growing field peas, clovers, sorgum sudan grass, and barley in their one acre paddocks to take up the nutrients the pigs have left behind and provide forages for future pig residencies.
October 2018 we sowed our first crop of organic winter barley in our newly established 20 acre grain field. We are working with other organic grain farmers in our region who are mentoring us to establish systems for the production, harvest, storage, and processing of our own grain as the primary component of our pig feed.
Animals have constant access to fresh air, water, food and space to run, play, forage, and explore. As part of our rotational grazing practice we move the pigs to fresh pasture regularly. This is best for soil health and ensures pigs always have access to fresh forages. One acre paddocks are large enough to encourage natural activities such as rooting, running, and socializing. The hub of the Alluvial pig’s life is the barn, where they can take shelter from weather and bed down securely at night. Adjacent to the barn is a heavy use area or yard, from which an access lane radiates to give access to different pastures. Water and grain are fed in the pasture via a movable water wagon, and half ton self feeder. Pigs move back and forth from the pasture to the barn multiple times each day.
Alluvial Farms partners with the North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative, Del Fox Meats, and Island Grown Farmers Cooperative for slaughter and butcher services. USDA inspected slaughter takes place on-farm. USDA inspected processing takes place at the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative in Bow, WA. Animal Welfare Approved handling and end of life practices are observed.
We host an open house and farm stand every second Saturday of the month May through October, from 10 am to 3 pm. Every year we participate in the Sustainable Connections Whatcom County Farm Tour during the first weekend in September. Join our e-mailing list to learn more about monthly farm open houses, offers, and news on the farm.