Our Story About: Going Full Circle …(or) How To Make Artisan Pork
We are located on 150 irrigated acres of organic land just outside of Corvallis, OR. Our immediate neighbors are Gathering Together Farm, a certified organic vegetable operation that runs the 2nd largest organic composting operation in Oregon. There is a sense of activism and connectivity in what we do because ecological hog production responds positively to many issues within our food system. Furthermore, it allows us the opportunity to interact with other people and farms in our community. We source Non-GMO feed ingredients from local farmers, we receive organic cull vegetables from GTF and we return fertility back to them as they compost the hog manure. At Mosaic Farms, we demonstrate practical examples of animal welfare and ethics, and ultimately, our pork brings remarkable flavor to the table as people enjoy their meals and the chance to be with friends.
The pasture season typically lasts from March-April until October-November. We plant a pasture mix of grass and clover for the hogs and provide shade and a mud wallows to keep the animals comfortable. Once a year, during September and October, certain cohorts of hogs are moved under the oaks in order to glean acorns. Our hog paddocks (and oaks) are rotated in order not to overuse the land and to ensure that the animals have clean ground to root and run on. After the hogs have been rotated off a paddock; the area is fertile and able to be farmed for organic vegetables or pasture.
In the winter, when the pasture is too wet for pigs and other equipment, the hogs are raised in deep straw, (about 8-12in deep), in two, 10×80 ft sections of a feeder barn. The straw allows the hogs to exercise their natural rooting and nesting behavior and allows them space enough to frolic and get up to full speed when they run. The deep straw model is the gold-standard for indoor hog systems and it is quite clean and warm. One excellent aspect of the system is that the straw captures the valuable hog manure, which is converted via composting, into rich fertility that enhances land. No mess. No waste.
We are very proud to grind and mix our own hog feed on the farm. The formula is comprised of 65% local ingredients sourced within 25 miles or less from the farm. The hog feed includes local white wheat, peas, rice bran, and camelina meal. We mill it fresh each week, it smells great, and the hogs really grow well on it. We always receive high compliments on the flavor of our pork and we think that part of it is our high quality feed and the effect it has on the hogs.
Demonstrating the craft of artisan pork production is our passion. We can produce 10-17 hogs a month and we work to make lasting relationships with customers. As for the breeds, we like to raise purebred Berkshire and Red Wattle crosses. This year we have also been growing some leaner Tamworth and Duroc crosses. We have had so many honest compliments on our pork that we know we are doing something right. Give us a call or come out to the farm. We are sure you will agree.