WHAT WE FARM
Our Pigs, Birds, and Trees
IDAHO PASTURE PIGS
A New Breed for Pastured Pork
The Idaho Pasture Pig is a stable cross of the Kunekune, Duroc, and Berkshire. These medium-sized pigs love to graze on pasture (thanks to their kunekune ancestry) and are gentler on the land because they root less than other pig breeds. They produce a flavorful, rosy, well-marbled meat.
Old Fashioned Breeds Raised Right
At Flight Path Farm, we specialize in raising "heritage" livestock breeds -- this means livestock that is hearty, adaptable, and independent, but whose slower growth makes them unsuitable for commercial production. You won't find these breeds at the local supermarket! We raise heritage breed pigs that we purchase from local farmers as piglets and then feed out on pasture. Many are crosses of different heritage breeds, reflecting our access to breeding stock and feeder pigs in our area of Michigan. Our favorite pig to raise is the Idaho Pasture Pig, but we also raise Mulefoots, Red Wattles, Berkshires, Tamworths, and others depending on local availability. If you are looking for pork from a specific breed, please let us know so we can tell you what we have in stock and when we expect more if don't have the item you are looking for in stock.
Ancient Chickens of the Vikings
Although we have egg laying chickens from a variety of breeds, we love our Icies the most! They are one of two chickens that we breed herre on the farm. Icelandic chickens are a landrace, descended from chickens the Vikings brought when they settled Iceland almost 1000 years ago. These chickens retain a unique genetic heritage lost in many modern breeds of chickens. They are hardy and independent, preferring to forage for food than to eat feed. They are small bodied with excellent meat, and lay medium sized eggs. The Livestock Conservancy lists them as a Threatened breed.
AMERICAN BRESSE CHICKEN
France's Treasured Meat Bird
The Bresse Gauloise breed originated in Eastern France, where it is considered one of the world's best tasting chickens. The white breed, when raised in the Bresse region of France according to strict standards, has appellation d'origine controlée status. This breed has only been available in the US for 10-15 years. Their red wattles and combs, white feathers, and slate blue legs mirror the colors of the French flag -- or the American flag! We breed American Bresse on farm as our favored meat chicken, for their flavorful and succulent meat.
In 2018, we planted almost 500 trees belonging to a variety of native fruit and nut species. Not only will these trees become a food forest for our pigs, once they start producing, we will offer our customers an assortment of chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, persimmons, berries, and more!