Benefits of woodland raised pork

Better for your body

The dominant fat in woodland raised pork is monounsaturated fat which is the same fat found in abundance in avocado and olive oil that gives these foods a “heart healthy” designation.

Our pigs are raised in woodlands, with access to natural forage, nuts, mushrooms and plenty of sunshine. As a result, their meat and fat are richer in micronutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins E and D, and minerals like selenium (read more here). As monogastric animals the pigs make vitamin D in their skin and in their fat when they’re exposed to sunlight. This makes our woodland-raised pork particularly rich in vitamin D.  (Read how you can optimize your vitamin D levels using sun exposure here.)

Better for pigs
When pigs are raised in woodlands, with free access to move, root around and wallow in the mud and beneath the sunshine, they enjoy an existence that is species-appropriate. When they’re raised in confinement, without room to move freely, they’re often subject to deplorable conditions – hard surfaces, gestational crates that completely restrict movement of sows, and foul odors of ammonia that can harm their lungs.
Better for the land

Confinement operations hold 2,500 to 10,000 pigs at a time which creates a massive problem for waste disposal. CAFOs sit atop concrete pits that manage disposal of manure.  Festering pits of animal waste can create an enormous environmental burden, and threaten local waterways.  They’re also prone to spillage.

By contrast, our pigs are raised in woodlands and managed holistically through rotational grazing. The problem of waste disposal is moot. Instead of damaging the environment, the pig’s waste is deposited into the soil while their natural rooting ability helps to till the soil –  which prepares it for food production (read more here) in future seasons.