Chubby Dog Farm is a small farm in deep east Texas, working on the goal of self-sustainability. Calvin and I felt the pull of the farm life after living in the Houston suburbs for seven years. We felt the need to grow our own food, to get our hands into the dirt... to know what we were eating.
In 2013, we bought 69 glorious hilly, raw acres in Grapeland, Texas. We transitioned from suburbia to our beautiful barndominium in a 21 foot travel trailer. We planted our first garden that fall, and every spring and fall since. We are amending the soil as we go, adding animal manure and organic fertilizers. We bought our first two goats and a livestock guardian puppy in early 2015, and later came baby chicks and pigs.
Our belief is that we can care for our food from conception to table, feeling morally justified in eating every day, as well as improving the flavor for us and our neighbors. Our products are boer or boer crossed goats for showing or for meat, produce, eggs, and pork.
We have begun to concentrate on raising and selling our healthy pork. We acquired a curly blonde mangalitsa boar to breed our heritage breed sows in May 2016. They roam and feast in 4 wooded acres, and we supplement their natural foraging diet with Texas Naturals Feed non-GMO and non-soy feed out of Waco, Texas, as well as leftovers from our clean eating diet and farm produce. Come visit our farm, feed our pigs, pet our silly goats, and take home some fresh eggs.
The pigs at Chubby Dog Farm are all heritage breed pigs. Our herd boar is a blonde mangalitsa, two of our sows are red wattle crosses, and a third sow is a tamworth cross. We feel strongly about incorporating heritage breed animals into our farm to help sustain their numbers, as well as accessing some of the old world flavors enjoyed by our grandparents. The pork from these heritage breed pigs is prized by some of the best restaurants worldwide for its flavor and lower concentration of polyunsaturated fats compared to commercial pork products.
Our pork is nothing short of incredible. Our pigs forage in 4 acres of lush, east Texas forest, and then their diets are supplemented with a non-GMO and non-soy feed from Texas Natural Feeds, with the main ingredient as peanuts, as well as leftover goodness from our clean diets and non-certified organic farm produce, which makes for a delicious flavor in their pork. There is nothing "factory" about our farm. We love our animals. They are spoiled and coddled beyond belief. We sell our pork by the whole animal from here at the farm and also through Appleby Community Farms' CSA. Contact us if you would like to reserve a pig for the winter of 2016-2017.
Calvin and I fell in love with boer goats in early 2015. We bought our first goats from a couple at Great Entertainment Farms who also became our goat mentors and walked us through our first year of raising goats and beyond. Goats are a challenging animal to raise in deep east Texas, so we concentrate on raising the most hardy animals. We have also expanded our vision to not only raise 100% registered boer goats, but also mixing in savanna, nubian, and Spanish. We want to create a hardy meat goat with a good body composition and natural mothers, and we are open to modify and adapt for the sake of a healthy herd.
Chubby Dog Farm chickens are some of the happiest chickens in Texas. They sleep in a deluxe chicken coop and run, complete with two feet of hardware cloth buried in concrete to keep them safe, and then they free range in the electric fenced goat paddock during the day. We feed our chickens conventional feed and sell the eggs for $3 per dozen, but if we had enough interest, we would certainly upgrade our feed to non-GMO or organic and raise the price per dozen in order to cover the cost of the feed.
We also have a flock of "wild" red jungle fowl chickens that free range on our homestead hill and reproduce at will. We started with five, four roosters and one hen, Veronica Corningstone, the matriarch of the flock to this day who is pictured above with her chicks. She has become an excellent mother, and raises her chicks to be as self-sufficient as possible in the shortest amount of time. We have at least six laying hens who sit on their eggs, so we have tons of babies at any given time running around the farm... coming to the porch peeping for dried meal worms. We end our day sitting on the porch, watching the goats settle down and the wild chickens go to roost in the goat yard. It is very satisfying to see the moms teach their babies to fly to safety and rest.
Chubby Dog Farm is a work in progress. What we DO know is that we want to raise our animals and produce ethically. We want to be out in nature with the sun on our face. We want to know that the food we eat is pure and safe and nourishing, free of unwanted chemicals and additives. We want to stargaze and marvel at nature. We want to eat 100% farm to table, if not locally and organically. We want to can and freeze and ferment and preserve as much of our food as possible. We want to minimize conventional remedies, and rely on our diet to provide what our bodies need.