Hidden River Farms
Hidden River Farms, LLC is owned and run by young farmers Evan Mulvaney and Lucia Wyss, who coparent a couple hundred hogs and a small herd of cattle. While growing excellent food, stewarding the land, and providing a living wage to our employees, we also want to inspire other young people to join us in agriculture. The average age of farmers in America is 58, and we believe that a just, sustainable, and secure future of food is impossible without a new generation of farmers and ranchers.
Evan was raised on a biodynamic farm, and loves growing good food with his hands in the dirt. He started his own farm business, Steamboat Junction Farm, when he was 19, raising 5 pigs and selling vegetables at a roadside stand, and since then he's never looked back. Lucia was born in Seattle, and is a writer, mediator, and organizer - in addition to farming. They met at a young farmers' dance and within two months had bought five pregnant sows - beginning the journey to what would become Hidden River Farms.
The love of farming cannot be separated from love of place. We farm on 100 acres near Montesano, Washington, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. The hidden river for which our farm is named is the Wynoochee River, which means shifting in the local dialect of Salishan, on land that was once inhabited by the Chehalis tribe.
Hidden River would not be where it is today without the support of amazing employees, interns, neighbors, and friends who have backed us up. In the process of growing the operation, we have partnered with South Sound Community Farmland Trust, local entrepreneurial organizations Washington Coast Works and Enterprise for Equity, and Thurston County WSU extension. We also rely on the local farm store, hardware company, auto mechanic, machine shop, and many other local farms.
All of our piglets are born on the farm. We raise heritage pigs (Berkshire and Tamworth). The breed offered is based on markets - we do provide 100% Berkshire Pork (Kurobuta), upon request. We love knowing our pigs from the time they are born to the end of their lives, so we know they have been treated well every day.
Our animals are free-range. Even throughout the winter, the pigs have access to the outdoors, fresh air and open sky, but they sleep warm and dry in our historic barns deep-bedded on our own organic pea-straw. We do not confine our sows to farrowing crates - and breed for health and vigor, instead of maximum productivity.
All our animals are fed peas, wheat, and barley that are milled on-farm. This produces a flavorful pork that grows slower and a fat that melts and tastes like butter. We fertilize our grain fields with manure from on-farm livestock - further closing our nutrient cycle.