The bacon trend might be dying down, but great-tasting pork is always in high demand. But how do farmers deliver that full flavor while paying heed to animal welfare and sustainable farming practices? Among the options: raising heritage breed hogs on pasture.
On this week’s podcast we talk with Nikki Barr, a Kettle Range Meats employee and young farmer who raises heritage breed Kunekune pigs (pronounced "cooney cooney") at Pike Creek Meats, a small-scale 10-acre farm at Somers Farm and Prairie, an innovative 160-acre property in Kenosha.
During our chat, we talk with Barr about her journey to agriculture, her motivation for raising Kunekune hogs and the overall importance of supporting the heritage meat production industry. Along the way, we explore the unique qualities of Kunekune hogs, the challenges and joys of raising pigs, the benefits and pleasures of eating heritage pork and we glean insights into the agricultural realm through the lens of an ambitious young female farmer.
- More about Kettle Range Meats
- Somers Farm & Prairie: regenerative agriculture and land preservation
- NPR: 'Tales' of pig intelligence, factory farming and humane bacon
- CapTimes: Farm raised: Diners demand grass-fed, locally grazed meat, and Wisconsin farmers want to give it to them
- Eco-Farming Daily: Kunekunke pigs: Perfect for small farms
- Bloomberg: It’s a great time to be a fancy pork farmer
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
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