Heritage breed ranch

“We don’t need a law against McDonald’s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse — we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse.” — Joel Salatin


A genetic heritage is an integral part of the heritage of humanity because some have been around for millennia. Heritage breeds have crossed the centuries, developing genes of hardiness, heat tolerance and disease resistance. They have a long, reproductive lifespan.

Heritage breeds were developed and used on farms, ranches, and homesteads before the advent of modern industrial agriculture. The decline of heritage breeds began due to of all things — grocery stores. Convenience took priority over growing our own food.

The lack of interest and selection for most heritage breeds means they produce less than a century ago. But their intrinsic characteristics are still present and need to be preserved.

Raising heritage breeds is about preserving our roots and the work of our ancestors. These breeds are a priceless and irreplaceable part of genetic biodiversity and history.


You’re a small-farm owner

Heritage breeds are a fantastic part of any small farm. These animals are independent and resilient, so they love to forage and free range, and have the ability to mate naturally. Pigs and chickens help cultivate the land. They have fewer health issues than commercial breeds because they tend to hardiness and disease resistance And they are well-adapted to a wide variety of climates.


Allan tending his garden

Small-farm red barn


You’re a hobby farm owner

You became a hobby farmer because of your love for animals. You take pride in preserving and caring for heritage breeds. Heritage breeds come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes. Adding them to your hobby farm benefits biodiversity and conservation. They easily integrate with the rest of your farm due to their docile and friendly temperament. They are more adaptable to local conditions and retain more of the characteristics of their wild ancestors, making them an appealing part of your hobby farm.

You’re a homesteader

You love being self-sufficient and living off the land. You purchased a house with a small acreage with a mission to plant a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and raise poultry and livestock for meat and eggs. Maybe you even produce your own electricity with solar panels and have a water well instead of being connected to public utilities. You want to leave something for your children and grandchildren to inherit.

Heritage breeds have docile and friendly temperaments, so they’re a great choice for families with small children.


Homestead farm


Beautiful Bresse


Bresse Chicken

“The queen of poultry, the poultry of kings”

Heritage breed Mulefoot pig



Rare American breed prized for its lean meat