Looking down from the hill beside our historic wedding chapel, you will see the duck pond. Take a left, and you will soon pass through the gates of Viamede’s budding farm. The ducks quack happily alongside the lone turkey as you walk past, but are quick to flee if you approach. As you continue along the trail, our three pigs will greet you with snorts, grunts and keen eyes on your lunch.
Welcome to Viamede Farm.
Viamede’s farm was started in the spring of 2011 as a test program, but has quickly grown into so much more. The original intent was to raise standard white pigs. After much investigation and conversation, it was decided to raise heritage Tamworth pigs. While raising ducks for eggs has not worked out, the daily duck walk to their pond is a delight to guests and staff.
Our aim is to show people how farming can be. Happy animals eating great food with lots of space. And while, ultimately, these pigs will be used for food, we can do so respectfully without taking their dignity.
Viamede’s groundskeeper, Jarrod Craig, has been the main proponent of developing the Farm, and alongside Chef Ken VanMackelbergh, has made many of the decisions. Many staff have contributed ideas for the expansion of the farm, including sheep for wool, rabbits, more turkeys, or donkeys.
Guests are welcome to visit the farm. Please ensure dogs are kept on a leash. Our animals are precious to us.