DUNCAN FARMS

PASTURED PORK

Raised on an incredibly biodiverse landscape that goes beyond pasture, we have worked with our pigs as land managers. Together we are creating a space for ecological restoration that also happens to produce nutrient-dense and delicious food that we can share with you

WHAT MAKES OUR PORK A CUT ABOVE THE REST?

BEYOND PASTURE

Raised on an incredibly biodiverse landscape that goes beyond pasture. Instead of mowing the pastures, we chose to let them grow wild, and some magnificent native plants sprung up! These native seeds had been sleeping beneath the soil, waiting for some natural disturbance (which they historically used to get from wildfires and large mammals). The pigs use their snouts as shovels, happily rooting through the soil and adding just enough disturbance to stimulate the seed bank, after which we promptly move them to the next piece of land before they do too much.  Along the way, we have been removing invasive plants and trees that are growing too close together. Now, we have native fruit and nut-producing trees and bushes, with a healthy mix of sunlit pasture in between the trees to provide space for both shade and sun-loving native plants. As we rotate the pigs, they continue to keep the understory of this budding “silvopasture” clear, maintaining a variety of microclimates that support a wide array of species. This place is ALIVE and is serving as a refuge for many species (some of which are classified as vulnerable, endangered, or were thought to no longer exist in our region). 

Soy & Corn Free Non-GMO Feed

We supplement our pigs diet with a soy and corn-free non-GMO feed. This feed is custom made for us by a mill that grows the ingredients (not imported from far-away lands), checks for mycotoxins, mills it right before delivery so we always have fresh feed, limiting oxidation and free-radicals. They add activated charcoal to our feed to help bind to any toxins the pigs may encounter. This feed has been custom made with local food, regenerative farming practices, and the omega fatty acid ratio in mind. 

SOCIAL HEALTH OF OUR HOGS

Our pigs are raised in one group, and on top of getting to live in an abundant oasis that promotes natural healthy behaviors, they also get to live out their lives together. They play tug-of-war with sticks, take naps under trees cuddled close to each other, get the zoomies all at once and run through the trees as a herd, and in general really enjoy each other’s company. 

MEDICATION FREE

The amount of natural food and medicine sources present on the landscape allows the pigs to take care of themselves and use their intuition to select what their bodies need. Moving them to fresh ground frequently has also aided us in not having to administer medications.

HEALTH BENEFITS & NUTIRENT DENSE PORK

We sent out our pork to a lab for nutrional analysis, and our results show that the way we raise our pork is creating nutrient dense food!

BETTER LIPID RATIO

A balanced diet of forages and carefully crafted feed has resulted in pork with a better lipid ratio. We sent our pork to a nutritional analysis lab, and our pork fat is 54% saturated, 48% monounsaturated, and 6% polyunsaturated. The low polyunsaturated fat levels make it more stable when exposed to air and heat, creating less free-radicals while cooking than typical pork. 

OMEGA RATIO

Before agriculture, our ancestors had a diet with an omega 6:3 ratio that was about 1:1. In today's modern world, our diets have way too much omega 6, which causes inflammation in our bodies. Only 5.6% of our pork fat is omega-6 fatty acids, while typical pork fat is 19.8% omega-6 fatty acids. This low amount of omega 6 fatty acids and higher amount of healthy monounsaturated fat (the fat that olive oil is known for) makes our pork a cut above the rest. 

3x THE AMOUNT OF VITAMIN D3 LEVELS

The USDA Nutritional Database says a 100g portion of pork chop has 20 IU of vitamin D3. We had our pork chops tested, and a 100g portion of pork chop (smaller than a deck of cards) has 72 IU of vitamin D3. That’s over 3x the amount, and it makes sense since our pigs are raised outside with sun on their skin their entire lives. Our fattier cuts, like bacon, will have even more vitamin D3 because it is stored in the fat, but we did not have those cuts tested so can’t report an exact amount. 

Where to Buy our Pork & Support our Efforts

Join Our CSA

Our CSA is a $50 biweekly delivery service. Our curated CSA bags contains anywhere from 5-8 items. Each bag is mindfully created with seasonal farm fresh produce, paired with 2-4lbs of protein including meat and eggs and locally made artisan goods like jams, jellies, cheeses, honey and more! An email newsletter updating you about the farm with a farm fresh recipe is included with each delivery.

Visit the Farm

Visit the Farmstead Market on weekends at the farm. Our farm shop has everything you may find at a farmers market. Here you can shop all of our seasonal produce, pasture raised USDA grade processed meats, pasture raised chicken eggs, and local artisan goods. From farm made beauty products to local honey, you can find it all.

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Commonly Available Options at Other Local Health Food Stores

In order to understand what truly makes our pork different, we went to local health-food stores to see the selection of pork products available. Here is what we found:

Organic Non-Pasture Raised

While fed with organic feed, the hogs are kept indoors, never (or rarely) feel the earth beneath their feet or sun on their skin, and 100% of what they eat is a feed made of soy and corn (this feed results in pork that has an unhealthy omega 3:6 fatty acid ratio, which creates inflammation.)

Non-Organic

As the heading implies, not organic, with all the cons mentioned in the organic non-pasture raised section.

Pasture Raised

Pasture-raised (this is a small percentage of the pork products offered, and we've only seen it in sausage form at the meat counter), but is fed a soy and corn-based feed.