CLEARING A SAFER PATH FOR FAMILY FARMS
A GENETIC SANCTUARY FOR HERITAGE BREEDS, PIGGY BANK IS A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION PRACTICING OPEN ACCESS AGRICULTURE (OAA) TO BENEFIT SMALL FAMILY FARMS
Piggy Bank’s mission is to create a heritage breed pig sanctuary that provides free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The sanctuary aims to better the future of our food by creating a community for safer, more enlightened farming practices through the sharing of genetics, livestock, and information. The Piggy Bank Farm, located in Missouri, will be committed to the cause of agricultural transparency, offering all farmers a free online network of knowledge.
Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3).
Piggy Bank will initially comprise a group of 90 piglets divided evenly amongst 10 different heritage breeds. Each heritage breed cohort has pure bloodlines selected for efficient genetic management. This agricultural cluster of endangered breeds aims to ultimately produce approximately 600 offspring each year that will only be gifted to farmers in need - never sold. Practices include supporting new farms with herd development; saving existing farms from failure when struck by eco-disaster; and sending pigs to culinary schools for research and awareness. Breeds on the farm will include conservancy listed species (status listed) such as the Mulefoot (critical), Large Black (threatened), Hereford (watch), and many others.
Piggy Bank is more than just a farm. It is an open access movement dedicated to making our foodways more safe, honest, and delicious. It strives to create bio-diversity for the future of agriculture to come.