Once again, Quaking Canopy is, above all else, a farm. And farms typically raise some source of meat. For us, that's pigs. Not just any pigs, mind you, American Guinea Hogs.
American Guinea Hogs are a true American heritage breed. They're rare and the amount of pigs registered isn't many, but this breed is quickly regaining in it's much great popularity.
American Guinea Hogs are all black with occasional white marks and pink noses. They have a medium to long coat making them well suited for our cold winters. They are actually a lard breed - that is, most breeds that have found their way into commercial pork production have been selectively bred for a very lean body. Those breeds have also been selectively bred for traits that make them less than suitable for an open, outdoor environment. Our hogs, on the other hand, are hardy and well suited to the small farm lifestyle.
American Guinea Hogs are a medium breed. At adulthood we see around 200-250 for females, and 250-300 for males. Compared to some larger, commercially raised breeds who can obtain weights of 600-1000 pounds, the guinea is a much more manageable size for the average homesteader!
Guineas are gentle on fences for the most part -- although, if there is food or a particularly lovely female on the other side of the fence, you sort of asked for that potential destruction! Guineas are, above else, extremely well tempered hogs. They are social, friendly, intelligent and inquisitive. They enjoy ear and belly scratches, following the children around the farm, and talking to us all day long.
As a meat source for the average small family farm, there is no better breed. Their meat is well marbled and succulent. This breed utilizes hay much better than other breeds of pig and as such they can be raised on good grass and alfalfa hay with minimal grain or concentrated feeds. They are excellent grazers and foragers so do well on pasture or open woodland. These special diet allowances make this an especially easy breed to raise GMO and pesticide free, which is exactly what we do here! Their size makes them more manageable as a food source for an average family who may not have the storage space - or, frankly, the desire - for 400 pounds of pork!