HillTown Grazers produces pork, broiler chicken, lamb, beef and goat with a commitment to healthy animals, locally sourced feed and long term land stewardship. While it takes some old fashioned care and ingenuity to mix our own balanced diet we think it’s worth it. Not only are our products uniquely delicious, our animals, eating as they did 100’s of years ago, are slowly helping us root and ruminate our 1200 acre farm site back to its former glory!
PASTURES: While in the same family for decades, HillTown Grazer's 1200 acres (almost 2 square miles) of land has not actively been farmed for years. Significant efforts have been put into working this former farm back into grass pastures that can be rotationally grazed. We've thinned new growth trees to create shaded forest and pastures. Logs are milled locally as rough-hewn lumber for farm infrastructure. Saplings are used to build interlocking fences that hold up to scratching pigs and help segment pastures.
As we develop pastures along natural land contours, we often discover that we are fencing along crumbling rock walls that served the same purpose years ago. We’ve unearthed foundations of houses, barns and even a tavern that once was the center of this farm community!
GRAZING: Our rotational grazing helps to increase the health of our pastures and sustainable grazing land. Cattle first eat greens and all the low growth and when pigs are cycled to that piece of land, they root up all remaining brush and stumps. These spaces, reseeded with grasses or cover crops of cabbage or radish, will improve grazing areas for when the pigs are cycled back. Chickens enjoy following the cattle! Animals will typically spend their time in pastures each having a mix of grass and forest, sun and shade.