Champoeg Farm encircles a spread of fields, hills, woods, and water, each cultivated to its best potential. We till the fields, graze animals on the hills, and raise pigs in the forests, while the water provides hydration for our animals and plants. Our farming practice is not just a matter of matching the animals to their best environment, but of determining the needs and abundances of the particular environments, from the species above ground to those below ground. Everything both contributes and receives, in a mutually supporting cycle. There’s a reason Dante said everything in the universe is moved by love!
Our hilly pastures are the home and natural environment not just of our beef cows and poultry, but also of a variety of plants and organisms above and below ground. Maintaining a healthy pasture helps more than just the meat grow.
The woodlots where our Berkshire pigs root and rummage are more than just picturesque thickets dotting our hills. Complex, multi-faceted ecosystems, they balance the other systems on our farm, and nourish and shelter a variety of species.