Regenerative Agriculture Expands on the Olympic Peninsula
It's not every day that regenerative agriculture gets to share news of its expansion, so we're going to savor this one. I hope you will as well! Let's begin...
Here at Hungry Hollow we raise our pigs outside in pastures on the southern end of the Olympic Peninsula, just outside Shelton. Our pigs roam through open meadows, root in the soils, roll in the mud, and are fond of running laps around their paddocks together.
This is how pigs were meant to live: outside, in small groups, rotated to new areas frequently, and free to express all of their instinctual behaviors.
Enter Farmers Kyle and Alex.
Kyle and Alex are two of my oldest and closest friends. I've known them both for over 20 years. We attended Chimacum school together on the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula, near Port Townsend, and have remained close friends ever since.
Alex and Kyle spent a lot of time at Hungry Hollow in 2020, and began asking themselves what they could do to help expand this type of agriculture locally.
In the fall they began raising pigs of their own right in the Chimacum Valley where we all grew up. They also leased some land just a few minutes north in Port Townsend. They've named their farm Foggy Hog Farm.
Alex and Kyle are using all of the same farming practices we use here at Hungry Hollow. Their pigs live their entire lives outdoors from 8 weeks of age, are rotated frequently to fresh paddocks, and receive the same non-GMO, Washington-grown grains that are free of both corn and soy.
Like Hungry Hollow hogs, they are slaughtered on farm and butchered locally rather than having to endure the end-of-life stress of being transported to a regional slaughter facility.
Needless to say, we're beyond proud to call them our sister (brother?) farm.
And this fall we'll be offering Foggy Hog pork shares to our customers! Without your support, none of this work would be possible. We offer home delivery anywhere in Western Washington.
I hope you've enjoyed this story about the expansion of regenerative agriculture on the Olympic Peninsula. We're one step closer to our vision of a rich fabric of high welfare, ecologically regenerative, and economically viable farms spread throughout our region, and a community that is connected to - and has a deep appreciation for - the lives and landscapes that make our own lives possible.
Thank you for reading, and for supporting your local pasture farms!
About the author
Grant Jones grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and studied English Literature & Philosophy at the University of Washington. After living in Seattle for 12 years, he left the city in search of a better tree to people ratio, and found it on the family farm in Shelton. Today, Grant farms full-time and envisions a Western Washington region where humans forge positive and sustainable relationships with our region's unique environment, preserving and enhancing it for future generations.