Spring 2019—A Gift to the Piglets!
An enormous thank you to Slow Food Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative (ICC) for their work organizing an online auction that made a big difference for Stillmeadow Farm. With the generosity of many online bidders, the auction raised $9,500 to help outfit our new pig barn with special, German-made farrowing units that set the standard for animal-friendly birthing pens.
From all of us at Stillmeadow Farm—pigs and people alike—thank you!
Brooke Fader and Oliver Kienast, Wild Mountain Food and Drink
Cory Pelan, The Whole Beast Artisan Salumeria
Ali Ryan, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses
Andrew Paumier, Indecent Risotto
Daisy Orser, The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer
Steve Walker-Duncan, Camosun Culinary Arts
Yasu Uchida, Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Mark Wachtin, Storied Wine and Spirits
Mike and Robin Nierychlo, Emandare Vineyard
Mike and Sarah, Rathjen Cellars
Kyle Hunker, auction coordinator
And thank you to the board members of Slow Food Vancouver Island and the ICC— especially Brooke Fader, Cory Pelan and Joan E. Athey!
Winter 2019—A new pig barn supports the "virtuous cycle" of Stillmeadow Farm
The biggest event in the last year was construction of Stillmeadow Farm's new pig barn. 14,000 square feet, heated floors in the farrowing (birthing) area, roll-up sides, outside access for piglets, fantastic light and ventilation . . . it is a dream barn for pigs and for pig farmers. But we still have some work to do on it in 2019 - building loading pens on the outside, fine tuning our workshop inside and getting our feed mill running.
Stillmeadow Farm is unique in that we can grow and make our own feed. We grow barley in nearby fields and process it through a roller mill, which crushes the grain and makes it more digestible for the pigs. We add salt and some trace minerals and feed it to the hogs. Making our own feed is a lot of work, but it feels good too - the manure from the hogs adds nutrients to the fields that grow grain for the hogs and supplies them with straw for bedding. A virtuous circle!
Brooke Fader writes a big cheque for the piggies! The generous donation from Slow Food Vancouver Island and the Island Chef’s Collaborative helped our farm with the purchase of animal friendly birthing pens.
Cory Pelan and Tom Henry check out one of the happy residents of the new barn.
Joan E. Athey and Brooke Fader took time from touring Stillmeadow Farm’s new barn to enjoy a cuddle with a piglet.