Buchholz and Son Farms, LLC is a small farm in the heart of the Willamette Valley, near Mt. Angel, Oregon. The garden and additional acreage is used for canning, pickling and a feed source for the animals. Our flock consists of about 80 chickens consisting of Le Bresse, turkens, several Barred Rocks, Buff Orpington, Ameracaunas, Dark Cornish and Rhode Island Red, and New Hampshire Reds. These birds provide fresh eggs for home use, bartering and sale. Cornish cross chickens are the primary meat birds we raise, processing approximately 250 birds (expanding) per year.
As of January, 2016, we will no longer carry the Animal Welfare Approved seal for our eggs. We will still adhere to the standards, except for the record keeping aspect. It's a great standard, but with a full time job and farming on the side, the record keeping is just a little too much for now. We are keeping our Oregon Department of Agriculture egg handler's permit current.
Turkeys (Bourbon Red, Narragansett and several others) as well as a few of the white double breasted) also enjoy the bounty and provide some of the best Thanksgiving dinners available.
However, our pride and joy are the thirty plus and growing pigs we raise for ourselves and local market. Standard pork is raised on a high protein grain based diet in confinement, reaching market weight in as little as six months. Our pigs enjoy the juice pressings, local goat whey (leftover from cheesemaking), sweet corn, kale, fruit and assorted vegetables from the orchard and garden. This method takes longer, but produces a product we believe is unparalleled in taste and texture. We also purchase locally milled grain from Union Mills (a local mill which has been in business since 1877) as well as wheat, barley, corn, oats and peas from local farmers which we use to mill our own feed blend, on site. The combination of fruit and vegetables, grain, exercise and time provides excellent marbling and flavoring in the meat, which you will not find in your standard “grocery store” pork.
Our future plans include fencing additional acreage to provide more room for an ever expanding herd of pigs, increased custom grain growing and milling and possibly including heritage pigs in the mix.
Please feel free to contact us for more information at 503.887.2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org