See just a sampling of how Malama Farm is spreading the word about compassionate farming.
Malama Farm sits on a knoll in rural Haiku, with a view of Maui’s dramatic north shore. The light breeze carries the scent of passion fruit and Puakenikeni flowers—not the rank smells typically associated with pig farms. That’s because the pigs living here aren’t confined to pens, belly-deep in their own slop. Mālama Farm is one of the nation’s few pasture-raised piggeries and the first in Hawai‘i to offer 100 percent Berkshire pork.
HOG WILD IN HAIKU: MALAMA FARM IS THE FIRST TO RAISE PASTURED BERKSHIRE PIGS IN HAWAII.
The Fitches are currently the only piggery in the state to raise Berkshire pigs on pasture. David says when they started two years ago, people told them doing so was impossible: family farms were going out of business competing with cheap, imported pork and they wanted to raise less pigs on more land? “Part of our mission is to change that mentality,” he says.
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David Fitch and his wife Lehua used to live in the city. Then they bought four-plus acres in rural Maui with romantic visions of raising a family on a picture-book farm. Now when people ask what they do, they say proudly, “We’re pig farmers!” At Malama Farm they raise Berkshire hogs, a heritage breed otherwise unknown in Hawai‘i.