Human power is essential at Black Cat Farm. We seed and plant. We irrigate. We weed. We harvest, clean vegetables and bring them to the Market and the restaurants. 

But we don’t do everything. Much of the work, in fact, gets done by our heritage pigs. Only for them, it’s not exactly work.

Once we finish harvesting in individual fields, the pigs move in. This week, we brought them into plots of kale, mustard and arugula that had bolted, meaning they had gone to flower. 

One of our heritage pigs in a field of flowering kale. This is biodynamic agriculture at work.

As always, the pigs went hog wild. They worked their way up and down rows of flowers and greens, munching everything in sight. They ate so much they laid down wherever the mood struck them and took between-meal naps. While they were at it, they fertilized the soil — which will see a year of a cover crop before returning to vegetable production — got rid of weeds, and turned over the soil.

Livestock are essential for biodynamic farming, and Black Cat Farm is certified biodynamic as well as organic. The approach is holistic — agricultural plants need livestock to thrive, and livestock in turn fully flourish when they roam fields dense with nutritious plants. 

When you swing by our Market stand on Saturday, thank the pigs for those bushels of spinach, radishes and turnips.

And stop by and chat with us, too!

At The Market

Hinona kabu turnips just harvested and getting ready for the Market and the restaurants.

Veggies

Pea tendrils · Fava tops · Hakurei turnips · Magenta turnips · Spring onions · Red and white radishes · Edible flowers: arugula, kale, radish · Parsley · Chives · Siberian kale · Red Russian kale · Chard · Spinach · Mixed salad greens · Butter lettuce · Red Romain · Claytonia · Mizuna · Radish greens · Tatsoi · Osaka purple

Black Cat Frozen Farm-Grown Dishes

Green mole · Pork green chile · Pork vegetable stew · Pork rillettes · Chimichurri · Lamb green curry · Veggie green curry

Black Cat Charcuterie

Cotechino Modena sausage · Ken’s Italian Cajun Sausage · Breakfast sausage · Bacon · Breakfast sausage

Black Cat Heritage-Breed Pork & Lamb Raised on Organic Pastures

All cuts of lamb · All cuts of pork · Pork skin · Pork jowls

Accessories

Sheepskins (via order form) · Tallow candle