Friday, September 27, 2019

Harvest Market Event Sept. 28, Cold Spring, KY

We will be at the Harvest Market on September 28 from 9am to 1 pm, selling produce, bread, fresh chili powder, and our finishing salts. Come visit us and taste samples of our products. If you can't make this event, please let us know and we will be happy to ship to you. Of course, we are always selling pasture raised, whole and half heritage Mulefoot hogs from our farm.


The details: Harvest Market 2019
September 28, 9am - 1 pm
St. Luke Fellowship Hall,
4800 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076
No admission
The market will feature local handmade crafts, gift baskets, breads, books, cakes, candy, canned items, eggs, produce, and a variety of smaller crafts from Kentucky.
Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.


Monday, July 22, 2019

2019 Backroads Farm Tour



The 2019 Campbell Co. Backroads Farm Tour was a great success! We are happy to report that hundreds of first-time visitors came to our farm, talked with us about our Mulefoot hogs, and enjoyed our farm-fresh products. Thank you to everyone who participated! Also, we are sending a special thanks to our friends from the Wooden Cask Brewing Co. in Newport (who also supply spent-beer grain for our pigs to enjoy everyday) and Redbud Springs, Artisan Goat Milk Skincare who came out an joined us for the day. Farm visitors got to sample our pork and purchase Wooden Cask Beer as well as the beautiful soap from Redbud Springs.

The Backroads Farm Tour and our farm specifically were highlighted in the online email edition of Edible Ohio Valley.







Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 Campbell Co. Backroads Farm Tour


We are excited to take part in the 2019 Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour this summer--July 20th. Come visit us between 9am and 3 pm Saturday.



Our co-owner, Bill Landon was featured in a WVXU news story on July 18, 219:

https://www.wvxu.org/post/12-campbell-county-farms-open-public-tour

He was also interviewed by Michael Monks on Cincinnati Edition.

It has been a while since I updated this blog, so I should mention that last year our farm and our Mule Foot pigs were featured in Countryside Magazine Daily, in a story written by Kentucky native and author, Cheri Dawn Haas. You can find the story here:

https://iamcountryside.com/pigs/the-mulefoot-hog/



Pleasant Ridge Hamlets is on Instagram--you can find and follow us here :

https://www.instagram.com/pleasantridgehamlets/

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ringing in 2018!

Despite the unusually cold arctic temperatures here in Northern Kentucky, we are celebrating 2018 at Pleasant Ridge Hamlets. 

The Mule Foot piglets are thriving and they are tough as nails--they have bulked up a great deal over the last month. They love the feed mix we are giving them: spent brewer's grains from a local Kentucky brewery and cracked corn. This is supplemented with mother's milk and of course, and organic veggies and fruit.
Our 2 and a half month old piglets, ready for their breakfast.

 Happy New Year!


Our frozen pond.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Composting and winter

 
Winter has been slow to come this year, but I’m not complaining. This last month we have been working on winterizing the farm.  I cleaned out the chicken coop and focused on getting the high tunnel ready for winter last week. 

We have a hearty crop of herbs and greens that are flourishing in the high tunnel and due to the warm temperatures in there, we are able to keep these going throughout the coldest season. It feels like a luxury to cook with our own organic vegetables and herbs grown from seed in the depths of winter... 

To prepare and replenish the soil, I added the chicken manure mixed with hay to one end of the hoop house where we don’t have anything planted. This mix will cure and compost in the tunnel for the winter and we will use it to mix up a nutrient rich planting soil in March. The warm heat of the high tunnel speeds up the curing process by creating a hot compost that is ideal for early Spring planting.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

An Update on Our 2017 Activities

This last year and especially the summer were busy at Pleasant Ridge Hamlets, our little farm in Northern Kentucky. 


Over the summer, we were honored to be part of the Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour (https://www.campbellkyconservation.org/farmland-work-group ) that took place on July 15th, 2017. This free and open self-guided tour of small family-owned farms in our county (Campbell County, Kentucky) featured a wide variety of destinations and opportunities for the public to experience farm-life first hand. The goal of the annual farm tour is to engage people of all ages from the region in an interactive learning experience that highlights the social and economic importance of agriculture to the community.   
  






We had over 500 people of all ages visit our farm for a tour. Visitors were able to see our heritage pigs (and other animals), hear live Blues music, purchase whole hogs, and sample some of our farm products, produce, baked goods, and crafts made by our friend’s in Grant’s Lick, Kentucky.   

The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote an article about the Farm Tour (https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/06/29/glimpse-farmings-impact-community/439491001/ ) and discussed our farm: 
 " This year's participants include Campbell County Detention Center Community Garden, Misty Ridge Farm, Neltner's Farm, Camp Springs Vineyard and Winery, StoneBrook Winery, Little Rock Farm, Flagg Spring Ranch, Seiter Farms, Seven Wells Vineyard and Winery, Campbell County Log Cabin History and Farm Heritage Museum, Casson and Ahrman Farm, Pleasant Ridge Hamlets and Awesome Place Farm.  Sharyn Jones and William Landon, owners of Pleasant Ridge Hamlets, are excited about their first year participating in the tour. "Even though we both grew up either on farms or working on them, we have never owned our own farm, but we do now. We have been working our own land and raising Heritage Hogs for two years now," Landon said. "We are so looking forward to opening up our farm to visitors from across the Tristate. This is a special event, and we are so happy to be a part of it." Landon said the Farm Tour is important because it introduces the community to local family-owned farms, farmers, and their way of life. "The Tour is entertaining as it is educational," he said. "For example, children and young people are able to see where food, whether it be pork, beef, poultry, eggs, produce, and even wine, comes from. Small family-owned farms like ours, and like all of the ones that participants in the tour will experience, are a fundamental part of the fabric of our community, culture and history."





We run a small organic farm specializing in the American Mule Foot Hog, a rare heritage breed.  We have a Kentucky Proud (http://www.kyproud.com/ ) designation, meaning our farm products are produced in Kentucky, they are local. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown and prepared by Kentuckians--they are fresh and nutritious. All our farm products are organic, and we use as many non-GMO products as possible. In fact, our pigs are fed non-GMO gains that are produced in Kentucky. When consumers buy Kentucky Proud (items with a Kentucky Proud label) they can be sure that a Kentucky farm is being supported and the miles that food has to travel from the farm to plate are reduced.   




We are beginning our third year and in general we consider everything we do as an experiment in old time farming techniques. That is, we aim to farm without the use of medications, vaccinations, herbicides, and pesticides.  We selected the American Mule Foot Hog (https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/mulefoot ) as the foundation of our animal herd because first, we love to eat pork. Second, the Mule Foot, a floppy eared, furry, black hog, likely originated from this region in the late 18th century and we wanted to bring it back. This pig is the essence of slow food; the Mule Foots we tend are: pasture reared, self-sufficient foragers -- and happy!  

 We also raise heirloom produce and chickens. This summer our tomatoes, herbs, peaches, apples, pears, and melons produced bumper crops. 



 This year we are continuing to use our farm as a hub for teaching and community outreach and we plan to expand this work. We have hosted groups of students from local schools and universities and we have run workshops focused on teaching about the daily operations of a small heritage hog farm. Students and volunteers have had a chance to get involved in feeding our livestock, working in our gardens and high tunnel, and a wide range of other farming activities. 

We have been fortunate to host several local high school students the last two years who have worked at Pleasant Ridge Hamlets as part of a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). The SAE program (https://kyffa.org/sae ) is supported by the Kentucky FFA and the Campbell County Conservation District Farmland Working Group (https://campbellkyconservation.org/farmland-work-group ), and it is the fist program of this kind in the region. Through the SAE an agriculture student works directly with local farmers and agriculture businesses over an academic year in order to gain real world experience in the agriculture field.  This has been a wonderful mutual learning experience for both the students and for us farmers!


You can visit our Instagram page for regular updates from the farm: https://www.instagram.com/pleasantridgehamlets/  

If you are interested in purchasing a whole or partial hog or pasture raised breeding stock, please contact us via email (kypleasantridgehamlets@gmail.com) or Instrgram message. We are happy to host groups of visitors and students for tours as well.  


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

(One of our girls, "Eve")
When we decided to go back to the country and to start farming as our parents and grandparents did, we spent a lot of time thinking about what we would specialize in and what we wanted our farm to be known for.  In the end - we chose pigs - and more specifically - heritage hogs.  But we knew there were dozens of varieties to choose from.  So, the question became, which kind of hog is right for us and for our particular environment?

We spent months doing research and finally chose to raise the American Mulefoot Hog.  It's a very old breed, which is descended from some of the Spanish swine that were introduced to North America in the 16th century.  It gets the name "Mulefoot" because of a genetic trait that causes its hoof not to be cloven - like a mule's foot  Evidently, that trait first appeared at the end of the 17th century, and farmers decided to maintain it. 

Even more interestingly, it seems that the Mule Foot hog's roots are traced back to South Western Ohio and Northern Kentucky (and our farm is located in Northern Kentucky).  So, we're bringing back a hog that was a central part of our agricultural economy from the 18th through mid-19th centuries. 

The Mulefoot is listed as "critically endangered".  There are only 200 or so Mule Foot hogs in the country - and we've got three of them - with piglets on the way! 

It seems counter-intuitive to raise and eat a hog breed that is endangered, but in the heritage hog movement, the saying goes that "you have to eat it to save it."  In other words, the more people discover our pork, the greater the demand will be - and then more people will begin to raise them, increasing the Mule Foot's population.

We have our first litters of piglets on the way and are so looking forward to welcoming to their new home and pastures.

Your friends at Pleasant Ridge Hamlets

Harvest Market Event Sept. 28, Cold Spring, KY

We will be at the Harvest Marke t on September 28 from 9am to 1 pm, selling produce, bread, fresh chili powder, and our finishing salts. Com...