Farmer in Iowa
We believe the most important reason to farm sustainably is to make sure the farm is here for future generations.
Paul and Andrea Brown met when Paul took a summer job on Andrea’s family farm. It was his first introduction to pasture hog production and his future wife. After that summer job, he began working in confinement operations, but quickly realized he wanted to raise hogs outdoors.
They moved to New Providence in 1991, where they farrow on pasture during the spring, summer and fall. They hold their hogs in a traditional farrowing house with free-stalls in the winter, allowing the sows plenty of room to move around. After the 1998 hog market crash, they started looking for options for their hog operation and found Niman Ranch. Having traditional raising practices on their farm that allows the hogs plenty of room to move and behave naturally on pasture made it a perfect fit.
Paul and Andrea enjoy farming because it gives them the ability to instill a work ethic in their children and allows them the joy of working together toward a common goal. The name Alderland was inspired by their children’s names – Allison, Derek, and Landon. All three work side by side on the family farm.