Friday, January 21, 2011


Welcome to the official blog of Red Hog Farm!  We're excited to share with you some of what we are up to, and to hear more feedback from our customers.  We want to know what you want us to grow for you.  Exotic poultry?  Tilapia in barrels?  Berries?  We love hearing your opinions, and look forward to getting to know all of you better.

I thought I'd start out by explaining who we are and what we do around here, for people who don't already know.  We are a small, family-owned and operated, sustainable farm in Colton, Oregon.  We're about fifteen minutes outside of Oregon City, and are surrounded by Christmas tree farms.

We raise pigs, Jersey cows, and LOTS of pastured poultry...chickens, geese, ducks, guineas and turkeys.  We also have a few lambs running around clearing blackberries for us. 

I know that goats have a reputation for being good at clearing land, but let me tell you...sheep are better.  Goats are picky; they'll walk around an area choosing the tastiest morsels and leaving the rest.  Sheep are like walking lawn mowers.  They will plow through a section and leave it BARE, which is great for us since our biggest challenge in farming out here has been keeping the blackberries, thistles and bracken fern down long enough to grow grass.  Plus the lambs fertilize and mulch the earth at the same's a win-win!

We just started our third year of farming.  The first was on a small one acre homestead in Estacada, about eight miles from here.  Farming was like a drug for us...once we started, we couldn't stop!  We knew that we had found our calling.  I love walking outside in the morning with a cup of (decaf) coffee and looking at all the growth that happens overnight.  Let me tell you...if you want instant gratification, just plant squash.  Two days later you have sprouts, and if you're not careful you'll get zucchini or pumpkins that will eat your house.

We are members of the Weston A. Price Foundation ( and believe in real, whole foods...including LOTS of good, pastured animal fats, raw milk, homegrown vegetables, and minimal grains.  If you turned that silly USDA food pyramid upside down, removed all the GMO's, and added bone broth...well, that would give you a pretty good idea of our food philosophy.

Most of all, we are born-again, compassionate, loving Christians.  We are not always perfect, but we believe that God does NOT make mistakes and we run our home and business with that in mind.  His design is perfect, and He certainly doesn't need us to "improve" upon it.  We are not accidents...neither are you.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

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