Chubby Dog Farm is a small, beyond organic farm in deep east Texas, striving for sustainability. 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.
Our aim is to 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. We raise pigs, but also have chickens, eggs, a few goats and seasonal produce.
Calvin and I are now concentrating on our artisan pork business. We raise mangalitsa crossed with red wattle and hereford pigs, and most recently added a hereford boar and a wattlelitsa sow to the breeding program. They roam and feast on acreage in the piney woods, and we supplement their natural foraging diet with non-GMO and non-soy feed with no hormones or antibiotics. Come visit our 69 acre 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. We raise mangalitsa crossed pigs, as well as red wattles and herefords for a leaner pig. 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 healthier fats compared to commercial pork products.
Our "artisan" pork is nothing short of incredible. Our pigs forage on acreage of lush, east Texas forest with no hormones or antibiotics. Then their diets are supplemented with a non-GMO and non-soy custom feed, as well as whey from a local cheese company and 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.
Update on the goats... with heavy hearts, Calvin and I have decided to liquidate our herd and keep only a few as pets. We found that we were spending most of our time managing our small mostly boer herd, which was costly, and they weren't thriving in our deep east Texas region in spite of all of our efforts. We have decided to specialize in our growing pig business since pigs do extremely well in our area.
We kept our hardy black Spanish doe, Emmaline, simply because she has been extremely healthy with very little upkeep needed since we brought her home. We have since acquired a young nubian/boer buckling and a handful of hella wild Spanish does to help control brush and possibly for breeding for meat goats. Our goat situation is always fluid.
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 (and beyond) 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 in the above banner 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.
The original purpose of starting our own farm was simply to raise healthy food for ourselves. In a million years, we never dreamt that some of the bests chefs and cooks in Texas would be preparing some of that food. Below are some pictures of dishes that our friends and customers have shared with us, as well as our own amateur shots.
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.