Dave Walker raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) pigs outdoors on pasture or range at Daffodil Spring Farm in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. In order to establish his farming business, Dave leases land at the FIG Farm, a farm designed to provide beginning producers with access to land, marketing support and other infrastructure to help build lasting farms in the High Country region of the state. The land Dave uses at FIG Farm to raise his Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pigs is actually within sight of his grandmother’s homeplace—so the history runs deep.
The pigs at Daffodil Spring Farm are raised outdoors on pasture or range, where they are free to root and forage as pigs naturally do. This high-welfare management is a fundamental component of Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW certification and is known to have environmental, nutritional, and culinary benefits. “We give the pigs a GMO-free feed twice a day by hand, and there is always fresh, clean water available and ample room for them to root, graze and wallow,” says Dave. “Feeding them by hand allows us to observe the animals and ensure they are healthy, and also makes them better natured and easier to work with.”
For Dave, pasture and range-based management is foundational to his animal husbandry practices—for the health and welfare of the animals, as well as the environment. “Daffodil Spring practices regenerative agriculture and holistic land management. This means we move the pigs to fresh pasture every two weeks or so,” says Dave. “What the pigs have rooted up is sown with a cover crop mixture of buckwheat, red clover and beets in the spring and summer, and winter wheat and red clover in the fall. This not only helps increase soil organic matter and biodiversity on the farm, but provides natural food for the pigs when they return.”
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pork from Daffodil Spring Farm is available directly from the farm (contact Dave for direct-purchasing details and delivery options), at Boone’s Winter Farmers’ Market, and through the High Country Food Hub in Boone, NC. Check the AGW directory for details. For more information about Daffodil Spring Farm, visit daffodilspringfarm.com and the farm’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Contact Dave Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.