Hog Haven Farm
|Address:|| 4701 Payne Road
Columbia, VA 23038
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Hog Haven Farm is a family owned farm located just a few minutes south of Interstate 64, and about halfway between Charlottesville and Richmond. The 22-acre family farm is privately owned by husband-and-wife team Rob Staples and Verde Shaffer. Foodwaze has visited the farm and compiled a detailed description under the Details tab.
• What They Do: Hog Haven Farm raises heritage breed pigs on pasture. This consists mostly of Gloucestershire Old Spots, but also includes Duroc, Tamworth, and Berkshire crosses. They also raise a small flock of laying hens on pasture for a limited supply of chicken eggs, which they use primarily to make prepared foods.
• Regenerative Practices: The farm utilizes management rotational grazing, rotating the hogs through different fenced in pastures on the property. This practice builds healthy soil through the animals’ rooting and natural fertilizing. The pastures are allowed to rest to give them a chance to regenerate. The animals do not receive hormones or antibiotics. No chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are used on the property.
• Certifications: Animal Welfare Approved
Consumers can buy direct from Hog Haven Farm by contacting them through their website. The farm is also a vendor at Charlottesville and Richmond farmers markets. Click on the Places tab to find out where.
Rob Staples did not start out as a farmer. He was in sales when he and his wife bought the Goochland property. After raising pigs as a hobby, it pursued it as a full-time job in 2014.
In addition to selling their pork at farmers markets, Hog Haven makes prepared foods, such as barbecue sandwiches, making them one of the more highly recommended choices for prepared foods when you visiting the market.
This listing was compiled using the following processes:
• A visit to the farm and discussion with the farm owner.
• The use of other research about the farm and its practices.
Hog Haven Farm is located in Goochland County, just a few minutes south of Interstate 64, and about halfway between Charlottesville and Richmond. The 22-acre family farm is privately owned by husband-and-wife team Rob Staples and Verde Shaffer. Foodwaze has had a chance to visit the farm and learn first-hand about their practices.
They raise a variety of heritage breed pigs including Gloucestershire Old Spots, which is their specialty. They also cross with Durocs, Tamworths, and Berkshires. The animals are bred, farrowed, and raised on the property. They live outside where they range free and are rotated regularly through the pastures and woods on the property.
A visual inspection of the pastures shows lush vegetation through regenerative, rotational principles. These woods and pastures provide the hogs with a natural diet of nuts, bugs, roots, and grass. Staples is a self-taught farmer who began raising pigs as a hobby after he and his wife bought the Goochland property. In 2014 he left his job in sales and fully devoted his time to agriculture. It is very apparent by visiting with him on the property that he’s devoted to raising humane and healthy pork.
Staples supplements the animals’ natural diet with a creative assortment of locally sourced food. This includes brewer’s barley from a nearby brewery, Lickinghole Creek - which is located on a farm - as well as from a few other local breweries. He gets whey from a local goat farm, Caromont Farm, listed on Foodwaze. The whey is used to soak the grain supplements. Staples also seeks out local apple mash as well as vegetables from a nearby food bank. And the family grows their own vegetables in fields that have been aerated and fertilized by the animals. Lastly, he purchases non-GMO grains from a supplier in the Shenandoah Valley.
Hog Haven Farm is certified Animal Welfare Approved. The animals do not receive hormones or antibiotics. No chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides are used on the property.
Consumers can buy direct from the farm by contacting them through their website. They are doing catering events, and they are regulars at farmers markets in Charlottesville and Richmond. In addition to selling their pork, they also sell prepared foods at the markets from their pork and eggs, which they also produce on their farm from a flock of hens.
Click on the Places tab to find which farmers markets Hog Haven attends.