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 to sustainable pastures!
PASTURES: This land has been farmed continuously by the same family since 1823 until HillTown Grazer's assumed stewardship. It encompasses over 1000 acres in 2 towns and counties in the foothills of the Berkshires. We've thinned new growth trees and created shaded forest and pastures for rotational grazing. Logs are milled on-site for rough-hewn lumber for farm infrastructure.
As we develop pastures along natural land contours, we often discover that we are fencing along crumbling rock walls. 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.