We have been breeding livestock since '95 and have a ton of experience but learn something else almost daily. Dottie grew up on a farm so she has been around stock for most of her life, learning from her grandfather. (I have to admit she definitely has learned a lot from him and acts just like him over our livestock)
Green Acres acquired the farm name from the old theme song of the show with the same name. While we were still in the city Dottie would sing this song after workweeks while on the way to the farm on the weekends. We were working on the old 1930s farm house before we moved out here permanently. It just stuck and has been a perfect name for our farm. The house was a lot like the one from the show in the beginning too. LOL
Dottie is a mentor to breeders in their start up homestead breeding programs. She loves mentoring and is on the phone texting or talking at all hours. She has also served on the Board of Directors with the American Kunekune Pig Society. She worked with Michael Willis to bring his autographed book, "Some of my Best Friends are Animals" to US breeders. Also worked with Mr Willis and imported his latest book, "Rescue" to the US. Great read! Highly recommend both!
The Dallas Zoo owns a pair of Green Acres bred Kunekunes as part of their permanent mammal collection. Pictured as babies here when they were first released for public viewing. They are much much bigger now. We also have our stock at various schools and vet centers for swine educaton programs.
Green Acres has completed two certified programs two consecutive years with Sow Bridge. These are distance education programs through the University of Iowa. It is designed to improve the understanding and techniques involved in the daily care of a breeding herd.
We are proud members of the National Society Descendants of the American Farmers. Please check them out. www.nsdoaf.com It is a great way to honor your farming ancestor with all the monies going to scholarships for Ag students. Win-Win
When you see our logo know you are getting a quality piglet from a dedicated breeder who strives for the very best. I mean this with all my heart! I stand behind any pig that leaves my farm. The bell on MY logo represents quality and longevity. That bell was my great grandmothers passed to my grandmother and now you will see it at my farm as a reminder to all what we stand for and our farming background. This bell was always used to bring the farm hands from the fields for dinner; prepared and setting on the table. We use it for the same, calling Tim in from the field but also as a reminder of what our calling is here too.
This is a cooler full of our pork at the 4 Seasons in Las Colinas, 2020 event at Cochon 555. Dottie is pictured here with the student chefs. This is the 2nd time our farm has been invited. So fun