Grace - Hope - Faith - is what got us to where we are today.
Updated: Jan 19
Good morning! Meet Faith, our Australian shepherd. She is a farm girl just like me. Where I go she goes any chance she can. Faith and I just finished feeding the pig and chickens. As I feed animals she is sniffing out whatever predictor may have been around the farm overnight.
I'm having a flashback. This is how our 1st farm started eight years ago. One pig and a few chickens. When we sold that farm I didn't think I would ever have another one. However, what is meant to be will find a way. What was Grazing Hill Farm is now GHF (Grace, Hope, Faith)
Our flock of chickens
From past experience, we know what breeds work best for our goals. We are very impressed with our flock of chickens this winter. We have 12 hens and are getting 10 or more eggs a day. This is fantastic with such little day light and cold temps. We raise mostly golden laced Wyandotte's mixed in with a few colored egg layers for fun. The Wyandotte breed has surprised us more than once by hatching out their own chicks over the summer.
Kunekune pigs are our heritage pig breed of choice.
We have raised a few different breeds of swine. For us Kunes are hands down our favorite. They are great foragers, mostly grazing grass rather than rooting. They are also docile in nature, making them a joy to have as breeding stock animals and grow out pork. They are a great homesteading pig for families like us wanting to raise their own meat with a surplus to share as needed. Their size is perfect for a summer BBQ whole hog roast. The pork cuts from Kunekune pastured pork are described as marbled, succulent, full of juicy flavor, and a deeper red color than standard pork.