06/20/2012 04:15 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pasture-Raised Pigs (VIDEO)

Kendra Kimbirauskas grew up on a small farm in the Midwest watching her parents work long hours to make ends meet. With an intimate knowledge of the day-to-day struggles farmers face, after college she became an activist on the issues affecting small farms, working on factory farm issues in Iowa.

While there, she also spent time at Niman Ranch, working with a co-op that supplies pork to Chipotle restaurants. The experience of raising pigs outdoors on pasture resonated with her and in 2006 she decided that it was time to "walk her talk." Putting her beliefs into action, she and her husband, Ivan Maluski, started a small, organic farm on a few acres in Colton, Oregon, where she now raises heritage pigs outdoors on pasture.

Originally posted on Food.Farmer.Earth