Cascade Meadows Farm in Oregon is proud to be the
first Western US farm to breed the rare American Guinea
Hog. The American Guinea Hog is a unique North American
heritage breed. They are noted for their small size,
intelligence, docile and friendly temperaments, and their
ability to produce outstanding meat and flavorful lard
on pasture and forage. American Guinea Hogs enjoyed
popularity on small U.S. farms in the Nineteenth Century,
but nearly went extinct due to the move toward
industrial sized breeds and confinement pork production.
We raise the American Guinea Hog at Cascade Meadows
Farm because of their manageable size, gentle natures
and sustainable foraging abilities. These characteristics
make them ideally suited for a small family farm like ours.
These hogs fill a functional niche on our farm, producing
outstanding natural pork on forage and also farm and
kitchen scraps that would otherwise go to waste. They
complement our other livestock and round out our
holistic multi-species pasture management practices.
The American Guinea Hog is a rare heritage breed that we
are proud to have played an instrumental role in saving
from extinction. Cascade Meadows Farm continues to
lead the effort to preserve this unique American hog for
use by future generations of small farmers.
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