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 now concentrate on raising and selling our healthy artisan pork. We have a mangalitsa boar, two red wattle sows and most recently, two hereford sows. They roam and feast in 4 wooded acres, and we supplement their natural foraging diet with Texas Natural Feeds non-GMO and non-soy feed out of Waco, Texas, Chaffhaye, a non-GMO alfalfa, fermented crimped barley, as well as leftovers from our clean eating diet and farm produce and no hormones or antibiotics ever. Come visit our farm, feed our pigs, pet our silly goats, and take home some artisan pork cuts and fresh eggs.
The pigs at Chubby Dog Farm are all heritage breed pigs. Our herd boar is a blonde mangalitsa and our sows are red wattles and herefords. 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 "artisan" pork is nothing short of incredible. Our pigs forage in 4 acres of lush, east Texas forest with no hormones or antibiotics ever. Then their diets are supplemented with a non-GMO and non-soy feed from Texas Natural Feeds, with the main ingredient as peanuts, Chaffhaye, a non-GMO alfalfa, fermented crimped barley, 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 as well as USDA cuts available at the farmers market or from the farm.
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 transitioned to feeding non-GMO Chaffhaye instead of conventional grain, as well as their natural browse in the paddock and baled hay.We have also expanded our vision to not only raise 100% registered boer goats, but also mixing in savanna, nubian, nigerian 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.
I learned to make soap in 2016 from a kind fellow farm friend. I posted pictures of them on Facebook, and my people expressed interest, so the sales began. The soaps are made with the best products I can find, including organic coconut oil, GMO-free castor oil, some farm rendered lard, essential oils and mica or natural colorings. The goat milk is not from my goats, as they are meat goats, but rather condensed goat milk. Each bar is $5 plus $7.20 flat rate shipping for up to 6 bars, and I always include the caveat that I am still learning and developing my soap formulas. If you have an ingredient or essential oil combo request, please let me know. You can pay via PayPal using our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or send a check. They're pretty luxurious and luscious.
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.