Broad Arrow Farm is open year round at 33 Benner Road in Bristol, Maine on the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula.
Large Black Sow in the Maine Woods in Autumn
Broad Arrow Farm sow “Patience” is taking a sunbath on a gorgeous Autumn day at Broad Arrow Farm.
Broad Arrow Farm pigs in the woods
This Large Black sow and her piglets are raised in the Maine woods at Broad Arrow Farm. They always have access to shelter, but live outside except during the coldest months of the year.
Piglet Nap Pile
On a rainy day in March, what could be better than taking a nap in the barn with a few of your (piglet) friends? Broad Arrow Farm pigs enjoy socializing with each other and often nap in groups or pairs.
One of the “exotic” breed of pigs on Broad Arrow Farm, KuneKune pigs are from New Zealand. The piglets are striped at birth, developing their thick wooly coats as adults.
Pigs are highly social animals and enjoy being in contact with each other constantly. Broad Arrow Farm pigs socialize freely, taking naps in groups, forming social hierarchies and friendships, and “talking” in various squeaks, grunts, and squeals to each other.
Mangalitsa pigs are wooly, unlike most pig breeds, and highly cold tolerant. They are also excellent foragers. In addition to these traits, they are also considered a top-notch pig for making charcuterie because of the high quality and abundance of their fat. Broad Arrow Farm Mangalitsa pigs are raised on forest pasture, an environment they are very well suited for.
In addition to our herd of Large Black crosses (we cross our Large Black boar with sows from Duroc, Gloucestershire Old Spot, and Hereford genetics), Broad Arrow Farm raises some Mangalitsa and KuneKune pigs. Mangalitsa pigs are known for their woolly coats when they are adults, and for the quality of their fat which is superlative for making charcuterie. The piglets are striped for their first several months.
Broad Arrow Farm keeps a small flock of sheep on grass pasture. We raise the sheep for meat, believing that grass-fed lamb is some of the best tasting and healthiest meat available.
Black piglet with oak leaves and pine cones in Maine
In the warm months, Broad Arrow Farm piglets are outside in the Maine woods from the moment they are farrowed. Being raised outdoors where they root in the dirt and leaves almost from their first day, they develop strong immune systems. Healthy pigs don’t need antibiotics added to their feed to prevent illness! Broad Arrow Farm never uses preventative antibiotics.
Hen on Grass
Chickens raised on pasture are free to engage in all of their natural behaviors such as scratching and pecking for food. Broad Arrow Farm poultry are always on grass pasture with access to shelter for protection from predators.
Gloucestershire Old Spot in the Woods
Broad Arrow Farm raises heritage breed pigs (such as Gloucestershire Old Spot, as well as Large Black, Duroc, and Hereford) because they are adapted to foraging outside and are hearty, even in Maine Winter. This sow is enjoying her forest pasture.
Broad Arrow Farm Pig in a Water Bucket
Nothing like a cool bath on a warm day… in your water bucket!
Broad Arrow Farm pigs forage naturally in the woods, stirring up and fertilizing the soil. Forest-fed pork is more flavorful (and healthier) because the pigs move around freely and eat a diverse diet of roots, nuts, insects, and plants, in addition to their organic grain.
Broad Arrow Farm Hen
Broad Arrow Farm raises chickens for both eggs (year-round) and for meat (summer only). Raised on pasture, our flocks are fed only organic grain in addition to their natural diet of insects, seeds, plants, and worms.
Broad Arrow Farm Pigs in the Woods
Broad Arrow Farm’s forest-fed pigs enjoy having free access to natural forage.
Broad Arrow Farm Sign with Sunflowers
While we grow sunflowers because they are nutritious food for our animals, they are also beautiful in front of our barn!
Broad Arrow Farm Store Sign
Open year round, we sell our pasture-raised, woodlot-fed, grass-fed meat and eggs at our farm (as well as online, through local markets and butcher shops and restaurants!). In the summer, we have our farm fresh produce as well. We also carry locally made products such as cheese, pasta, and maple syrup.
Midget White Turkey on Pasture
Broad Arrow Farm helps conserve heritage breed animals by raising a wide variety of breeds, such as Midget White, Blue Slate, and Red Bourbon turkeys.
Turkeys on Pasture
All of Broad Arrow Farm’s turkeys are raised on pasture, and fed organic grain to supplement their natural diet.
Hen among Weeds
Broad Arrow Farm raises all our poultry on pasture where they can scratch, peck, and forage for seeds, bugs, and weeds.
Sunset and American Flag at Broad Arrow Farm
Spectacular sunset view from just outside the Broad Arrow Farm farm store, where we sell our pasture-raised, forest-fed pork, our grass-fed lamb, and pastured poultry. All of our animals are fed only organic grain (in addition to their natural, foraged, diet), vegetables, or dairy. We believe that raising our animals this way is good for them, good for the soil, and good for us!
Autumn Color at Broad Arrow Farm
Broad Arrow Farm is beautiful year round, but the autumn colors are a highlight of every year.
Broad Arrow Farm Dog Boru in the Farm Store
Boru, one of the Broad Arrow Farm dogs, takes her job as farm store employee very seriously. Here she is inspecting the new braided rug for comfort. She gave it four big “paws up”.
Black Piglet in the Woods
Because Broad Arrow Farm raises its heritage breed pigs on forest pasture, even our piglets get to enjoy rooting in the soil even before they are weaned from their sow. Rooting in soil is a natural behavior for pigs and is good for their immunity as well as for the soil.
Sunflower Stalks Covered in Snow
At Broad Arrow Farm, we use sunflowers as feed for our pigs, sheep, and poultry. The sheep love the leaves, the pigs enjoy the flower heads with the seeds, and the poultry clean up all the seeds from the ground.
Broad Arrow Farm Pigs in the Woods
Broad Arrow Farm pigs have year-round access to the outdoors on our wooded farm. They root in the soil for forage including nuts, roots, insects, worms, and plants. They also love to snooze together in the shade!
Happy Piglet in the Barn
In the Winter, Broad Arrow Farm pigs enjoy a warm shelter while still having full access to the forest paddocks outside.
Broad Arrow Farm Ram and Lamb
Broad Arrow Farm sheep are grass-fed, raised on pasture in beautiful Bristol, Maine. Here, Rambo and his daughter Mary enjoy some sunshine on a chilly Winter day.
Piglets and Sow in Farrowing Pen
Broad Arrow Farm pigs are raised with their natural behaviors in mind. Piglets have full access to the sow at all times. The sow will build nests in the bedding for her piglets and talks to her litter during nursing with maternal grunts. Because Broad Arrow Farm raises heritage breed pigs, and crosses them for the best quality meat, our pigs display a wide range of colors and markings such as spots or stripes..
Pigs taking a winter stroll
Broad Arrow Farm pigs taking a stroll through the snow on a Maine Winter day.