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Crooked Creek Hollow Farm

Forest-fed pigs

We are a small southern New Hampshire farm nestled away in Richmond, specializing in forest-fed pork and free range poultry. We take pride in our commitment to raise wholesome, nutritious food for our community and neighbors while protecting and nurturing the land we call home. We strive to create a beautiful and diverse farm environment, and have fun doing it.

We are the stewards of an 85 acre farm which is mostly covered by forest with some pasture and several running brooks. The pigs are rotated through movable paddocks which allows them to be pigs. Our turkeys and chickens are free range and also forage on pasture and forested land. The chicken eggs have bright orange yolks and thick whites.


In forest or silvo-pasture systems the pigs forage under mast producing trees, such as oaks, beeches, chestnuts, apple, and other nut or fruit bearing trees. The animals eat the acorns and other mast, which add nutrients and flavor to their meat. The nuts add a little nuttiness to the meat, along with Omega 3-fatty acids.

This disturbance stimulates germination of a diverse seed bank that has been dormant in the soil for many years. Pigs will eat just about anything, including insects, grubs, roots, downed branches, small stumps, rotting logs, and vines. The pigs can be used to root out invasive species, eat surface roots and saplings, and they fertilize as they move around. The aerated, uprooted soil structure regenerates quickly and is ideal for new forest undergrowth. They forage for about half of their foodstuffs.

Pigs are rotated among paddocks and moved every few weeks to allow the pastures they graze in to recover. The taste and texture of the meat from forest floor nutrients is exceptional. The pigs also receive free-choice non-GMO grains.


Animals were designed to roam, not be caged. Manure creates soil fertility. A ranged bird can eat a variety of foodstuffs as they do in nature, versus the corn/soy diets of factory farmed poultry. Our birds eat weeds, grasses, legumes, pine needles, tree leaves, fruit off of our berry plants, and enjoy a variety of protein sources such as insects and worms.

They enjoy their days scratching through the forest duff and having a diverse diet. During the growing months they eat various grasses, legumes, scraps out of our garden, and lots of bugs. Due to our seasonal shifts here in the Northeast, natural forage may not be available due to frozen and/or snow-covered ground. During the winter seasons they are offered a diverse grain supplement consisting of oats, corn, millet, sunflower seeds, and layer pellet.

They have shelter to perch in if they like, but most prefer trees or on the fences at night during the warm months. The old goat house is being used for primary shelter. We incorporate a composting system, layering hay for bedding and fresh hay on top of manure. They have access to the outside at their convenience year-round.

Studies have shown that free-range hens produce a healthier, more nutritious egg than that of the corn-fed caged bird. These studies show higher Omega-3 fatty acids, higher protein, more vitamins, and less cholesterol. Our experience shows that “corn-fed caged” eggs lack the dark orange yolks and thick egg whites that you get from the pastured raised hens.

Crooked Creek Hollow FarmContact Information

Frank Groeber
[email protected]
Richmond, NH


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