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Posted 8/26/2013 10:43pm by Lori Enright.

The American Kunekune Pig Registry is preparing for the National Heirloom Expo and the West Coast Classic and will be out of the office from August 28, through September 14.  Your correspondence and registration paperwork is very important to us.  We will expedite our response to your contact - in the order received - upon our return.  In the case of a dire emergency, please email us at americankunekune@yahoo.com.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Posted 12/15/2011 11:18pm by Lori Enright.

Aria has fun!Christmas Carriage RideCourtney & AriaDecorated for Christmas

 

December 15, 2011

For many years now, we have celebrated the season by taking a horse driven carriage ride in downtown Riverside, CA.  The Mission Inn is one of the top 10 places in the nation known for its outstanding Christmas lights and decorations.  This year was expecially memorable because we not only had both of our children and their spouses join us, but our very much loved first grandchild, Aria.  She already has a special interest in horses at less than 18 months old....amazing.

Posted 12/15/2011 9:40pm by Lori Enright.

Christmas Cookies from KathyChristmas CookiesChristmas CookiesChristmas CookiesBarn Cookie

 

OUR GREAT FRIENDS, DEAN AND KATHY, GAVE US THESE BEAUTIFUL COOKIES FOR CHRISTMAS.  I JUST HAD TO SHARE.....AREN'T THEY GORGEOUS?  JIM ATE THE MAJORITY OF THEM ALL BY HIMSELF.  WE LOVE YOU GUYS...THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND ALL THAT YOU DO SO WE CAN HAVE OUR SPECIAL AND BELOVED KUNEKUNE PIGS CLOSE TO HOME.

Posted 7/29/2011 8:47pm by Lori Enright.

We are so pleased to have our latest addition to Olde Reminisce Farms arrive in the form of one beautiful black Irish Dexter heifer, Hannah (Quailgate Hannah).  She is in calf by the very handsome "Lucas", black polled bull of Rockinghorse Ranch Dexters located in Ranchita, CA.  Thank you to Gabriella Nanci for allowing us to purchase this pretty little girl.  Thank you to Phil and Karin McAleese for their nuture and care of our girl while staying at their ranch.  I'll be posting pics very soon!

Posted 7/17/2011 4:05pm by Lori Enright.

Posted July 28, 2011

WE ARE GOING TO THE NATIONAL HEIRLOOM EXPOSITION!

 

Today we received notice that our application has been received and our space is secure for our Kunekune Pig display.  We hope to see you there in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA.  Let us know if you plan to attend so we can make time to visit with you!

 

September 13, 14, & 15, 2011 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California

 

Come see the over 250 garden vendors and farm producers.  Taste heirloom variety produce and learn about raising heirloom gardens and heritage breed poultry and small livestock.

 

Keynote Speaker - ALICE WATERS

 

See their website at www.theheirloomexpo.com

Posted 3/29/2011 10:22am by Lori Enright.
Small farms today are direct marketers and as such are in the business of relationship marketing with each customer that buys products from the farm. The customer is not at the CSA pickup, farmer's market,  or on-farm market because it is easiest or cheapest food source -- they are there because they respect the farmer, want to support the local economy, and feel that their dollars are spent on a worthwhile endeavor. Every chance you get as a farm to interact with your customers should reinforce the connection to the land and make the customer feel like they are doing a good thing by patronizing your business. This is a very difficult task for a busy farmer. I challenge you to take your relationship marketing into the 21st century and start a blog on your farm website.

I'm sure some of you are unclear on the meaning of the term "blog". It is a rather fluid term that is a shortened version of "weblog." In my mind, it signifies a webpage that displays content of varying lengths in chronological order and invites readers to interact in the form of comments. Often, blog postings are categorized or tagged by topic so that users can navigate through related blog entries by the tags, such as "farming challenges" or "farmer's market." Blogs take many different forms from personal, public diaries to political commentary to blogs that are published by businesses themselves. This is the most popular form of content generation and information retrieval on the Internet today and the very website you are looking at right now, Small Farm Central, is a blog-style site. If you have heard of the term "Web 2.0", blogs are big part of the Web 2.0 movement.

Your farm should blog because it is an easy and time-effective way for you to get your story out to customers. Repeat customers come to you because of the relationship that they have with you and a blog is a perfect way for you to start and augment the real-world interaction that you have with the customer. Granted it does take some time, energy, and thought to produce effective blog posts that communicate the farm experience, but that post will easily be read 100s or 1000s of times over the life of your blog. That works out to be an extremely time-efficient way to build a consistent and faithful customer base. Customers that read your blog will be more understanding of blemishes or crop shortages because you can explain the exact cause of the problems. This becomes a story that they can take home with their produce and they will feel more connected to the farm and the food if they know some of the challenges that went into growing it.

The complaint I hear the most is that farmers don't have time to be writers as well as producers. Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo dedicates one afternoon every two weeks to writing six blog articles. He then releases one each Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There are other techniques of course too: get a trusted intern to write an article each week, find a very enthusiastic and involved customer who will volunteer to write a blog article every once and a while, or just commit to posting a short update once each week. There is no right way to write or schedule your blog, but post on a regular schedule and write with passion because passion is infectious.

At this point, if you are considering a farm blog, start reading a few established farm blogs and get some general advice on how to write blogs. I have discussed some aspects of blogging at Small Farm Central in Farm blogging isn't always literature, but this is and What I learned during an interview with Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo. Blogging will be a topic that I come back to over the next few months because I believe it is the core of any modern farm web marketing strategy.

Some farm blogs to get you started:
  • Eat Well Farm Blog : recently discussing problems with the Med Fly and how they are certifying their packing shed as Med Fly-free.
  • Life of Farm Blog : this blog is sponsored by the Mahindra tractor company. Perhaps the writer got a free tractor for writing the blog?
  • Tiny Farm Blog : wonderful photos and at least a post a day.
  • Rancho Gordo Blog : this popular blog receives 300-500 unique visitors a day (which is impressive for a farm website) and even helped the author secure a book deal.

Read about the process of writing a blog and more:

Spend the next few weeks reading farm blogs and exploring some of the resources listed above. Then when you think you know enough about blogging to start, you will probably want to go back to Hosting Options to get your blog online. Not coincidentally, the Small Farm Central software contains all the features you need to get your blog (and farm website) up and running within a few days. I know that not very many farms are taking blogging seriously as a marketing tool, but I have a strong feeling that every serious farm will have a blog in five years.
Posted 3/29/2011 10:22am by Lori Enright.
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The Grazing Pig

Kunekune Pigs are the only breed of swine known to fatten on grass with so very little needed in the way of supplementation.  Their wide head, dished face, and short, upturned snout speak to their ability and tendency to graze rather than root.

Philosophy

True preservation can only come through utilization of the animal as food creating a demand in perpetuity.  True Kunekune preservation can only come through an understanding of correct Kunekune type which speaks to their purpose as a grazing pig.....