TILLERING FARM

Our family farm provides heritage pork & grass-fed beef direct to consumers and organizes seasonal events to encourage fellowship, restore generational wisdom, and build community.


Come join our journey in sustainable agriculture.

  • Heritage Cross-Breed (Berkshire, Red-Wattle, Mangalitsa)
  • Raised on Forage + Alternative Non-GMO Grain,* Antibiotic-Free
  • Well-Marbled & Deep-Flavored
  • Pricing INCLUDES Processing
  • Inspected and Approved for Retail Sales

We are fully stocked!

Our online ordering system reflects current availability.

INDIVIDUAL CUTS

We know that many people have favorite cuts. We offer our products for sale by-the-cut. Some limitations apply.


VARIETY BOXES

Our packages offer a variety of cuts for an easy, flat-rate order.

SMALL

Do you need an easy meal plan for the week? This "Sampler Box" of ~6 lbs is the box for you!

4 CHOPS, 1 ROAST or RIBS, 1 PACK THICK-CUT BACON

MEDIUM

This is the "Perfect Portion" box of ~14 lbs for a typical fridge/freezer situation.

8 CHOPS, 2 HAM STEAKS, 2 PACKS THICK-CUT BACON, 2 SHOULDER STEAKS, 1 ROAST or RIBS, 2 LBS SAUSAGE

LARGE

At ~28 lbs, the "Family Style" box is ideal for those who like to stock up a bit.

14 CHOPS, 4 HAM STEAKS, 5 PACKS THICK-CUT BACON, 4 SHOULDER STEAKS, 2 ROASTS or RIBS,

4 LBS SAUSAGE (OPTIONS: LINKS, PATTIES, ITALIAN, CHORIZO, PLAIN)

ORDER ONE OF OUR LARGER PACKAGES TO FILL YOUR FREEZER WITH A VARIETY OF CUTS. THE PACKAGE INCLUDES CHOPS, HAM STEAKS, THICK-CUT BACON, SHOULDER STEAKS, ROASTS, SPARE RIBS, COUNTRY-STYLE RIBS, AND SAUSAGE OPTIONS (LINKS, PATTIES, ITALIAN, CHORIZO, PLAIN)

XL*

Invest in the "Half a Hog" box for ~65 lbs. This is enough for a summer...or one epic BBQ!

XXL*

Order "The Whole Hog" box for ~125 lbs. This is a great way to stock your deep freezer.

*Advanced notice & a 50% down payment is required for XL and XXL.

Feel confident buying in bulk with our clear & consistent process!

  • Irish Dexter Breed
  • Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished
  • Prize-Winning Flavor and Tenderness*
  • Pricing INCLUDES Processing
  • Inspected and Approved for Retail Sales

More Coming in January, 2024.

Our online ordering system reflects current availability.

INDIVIDUAL CUTS

We know that many people have favorite cuts. We offer our products for sale by-the-cut. Some limitations apply.

VARIETY BOXES

Our packages offer a variety of cuts for an easy, flat-rate order.

SMALL

Do you need an easy meal plan for the week? This "Sampler Box" of ~5 lbs is the box for you!

2 LBS GROUND BEEF & A ROAST

MEDIUM

This is the "Perfect Portion" box of ~12 lbs for a typical fridge/freezer situation.

4 LBS GROUND BEEF, 2 ROASTS, STEAK VARIETY (FARMER’S CHOICE)

LARGE

At ~25 lbs, the "Family Style" box is ideal for those who like to stock up a bit.

10 LBS GROUND BEEF, 2 ROASTS, STEAK VARIETY (FARMER’S CHOICE), BRISKET OR RIBS

*FARM FACTS

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TILLERING: A “tillering” is the growth from the original seed of a grass plant. It is how grass spreads and develops over time, ​becoming stronger and larger. It is the perfect metaphor for our growth as farmers — we started our married life in a small ​apartment on Grandma and Grandpa's farm, moved to a five-acre hobby farm in Corcoran and, a few years, later moved on to our ​current acreage in Milaca. (Our logo was designed by an extremely talented MN artist. (See more of his work.)

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GRAZING: Rotating pastures for beef and hogs can seem overwhelming at times, especially on the days that everyone needs to move! But, it's vital for the health of our land & water resources as well as the animals. Soil is a living and breathing entity and we need to protect it from overgrazing through attentive pasture management. We put significant time and effort into an organized grazing program so we can continue to provide gourmet pork and grass-fed beef - with those high Omega 3s and CLA! - for years to come.

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ALTERNATIVE GRAIN: Foraging and rooting are natural pig behaviors that we fully appreciate and encourage in our farming practice. ​It helps them maintain great physical condition. However, pigs are not "grass-fed" animals. A daily feed ration with a balance of ​protein, calories, and minerals/vitamins is necessary for pigs to flourish. We did a lot of research into the options and landed on a ​locally-sourced mixture of field peas, barley, and oats. This is very digestible and makes their fat nice and firm. It also affects the ​taste in a positive way. When we first started this type of feeding, it was tempting to look at the higher cost over corn/soy and ​wonder “is it worth it?” Our customers know the answer is...YEP!

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BREEDING STOCK: We have our own breeding stock. For cattle, this is called a 'closed herd." For pigs, this is called a "farrow to finish" program. This gives us the chance to both be very intentional with genetics and husbandry (vaccine-free and antibiotic-free) as well as interact with our animals from their very first breath. In some cases, that means ensuring they are able to literally take that breath. That being said, we know that our animals have a purpose when we raise them. Borrowing an idea from a fellow farmer, they have a great life and just “one bad day.”

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IRISH DEXTER: A recent ADCA Bulletin shared that, "In 2019, Dexter beef won the American Royal Grass-fed Steak Competition ​against Angus, Angus-cross, Wagyu, and others. Steaks from many breeds were judged on tenderness, juiciness, and flavor." We ​chose this breed based on meat quality & their ability to thrive on grass. They are smaller and the final butcher weight offers a great ​way for families to invest in high-quality beef.

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BERKSHIRE-CROSS: When we started researching hog breeds, we knew we wanted to find something that was unique. Berkshire kept coming up as the pig people "used to raise." Cross-breeding with Red Wattle and Mangalitsa has given us healthy, efficient, and friendly animals. There is a richness, texture, marbling, juiciness, tenderness, and overall depth of flavor that is like no other pork we've had before.

"It's almost miraculous. If you want robust, immune-vibrant animals, fresh diversified forages are the fastest, cheapest, and surest way to get there.


- Joel Salatin "The Stockman Grass Farmer" (Volume 23, #7)

FARM STORE

Help promote our family farm through a choice of

graphic tees, sweatshirts, and coffee mugs.

Order a Hat:


LOCAL $30


SHIPPED $36

FARM EVENTS

We have three goals for the events that we host.

Watch for details on our social media pages.

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Encourage

Fellowship

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Restore Generational Wisdom

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Build

Community

FALL

"Forestry Workshop" (Coming Soon!)

WINTER

"Winter Wreath Workshop" (Enrolling now)

“Pick-Up” Broomball Games

SPRING

"Beginner Gardener Workshop"

SUMMER

"Farm Play Dates"

ONGOING

"This Week on the Farm"

We will strive to be a light in our community and foster a sense of authentic fellowship with each customer interaction.

ABOUT US

When we got married in 2009, owning a farm was a ​dream that Rob had and soon shared with Samantha, ​who had a growing appreciation for the "real food" ​movement and an interest in other health-related ​topics.


On a small hobby farm, we started raising our own ​beef and pork because we truly enjoyed the ​challenges and rewards of animal husbandry. We ​noticed that our time and efforts were producing ​really great tasting meat and also started learning ​about the health benefits of grass-fed beef and ​forage-based pork.


Starting our own family solidified the idea that we ​wanted to invest our time and resources into farming ​on a larger scale and we made the leap to buying ​acreage in Milaca, where we now live. Farming is a ​good way to cooperatively leverage our combined ​skills and interests. We find joy in being good and ​faithful stewards of our land and take pride in ​implementing farming practices that are both ​creative and intelligent.

We have two little farmhands. The boys work alongside ​us in many ways but their strengths are: taming barn ​kittens, playing with chickens, climbing trees, ​constructing bike jumps, and building roads and rivers ​in the gravel driveway.


We love being a family that has outdoor adventures ​year-round. We all enjoy riding single-track on our ​mountain bikes (sometimes competitively but mostly ​just for fun), gardening, and canoeing in the warmer ​months. When temperatures drop, we get out the fat ​tire bikes & snowshoes, and flood the backyard rink for ​skating and broomball.


We are hopeful that our work is making a difference in ​our community. The farming lifestyle allows us the time ​to help a neighbor, the opportunity to listen to the ​stories of the people we meet, and the chance to raise ​our kids in an environment that builds character on a ​daily basis. We all have a certain sphere of influence and ​we look forward to including you in our journey of ​sustainable agriculture!

CONTACT US

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