Berkwood Farms

Type: Farmer Cooperative

Produces: Berkshire Pork

Location: Des Moines, IA

Miles from Coop: 108


When a small collection of Berkshire pork farmers began selling their high-quality pork out of the trunks of their cars in State Center, IA, they had no idea they would become the world's top 100% heirloom Berkshire producer. 


FAMILY FARMS working together

Now based out of Des Moines, Berkwood Farms has grown into a farmer-owned cooperative of over 100 family farms across Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, and Wisconsin. 

"Our mission is to ethically raise and produce premium-quality, humanely treated Berkshire pork, while prioritizing environmental stewardship and community well-being."

Berkwood Farms' cooperative model has expanded the reach of small family-owned farms.

Berkwood Farms now serves the entire United States, as well as Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Columbia, and the Caribbean.


Happy Farms, Happy Pigs 

Berkwood Farms partner farmers allow their pigs to be "happy & healthy" - no confiment hogs here.

Farmers work to minimize stress on their animals by providing adequate room to roam, and antibiotic-free and hormone-free feed. 

"We believe in fostering a transparent and responsible food production system that not only meets the highest standards of quality but also promotes a healthier, more compassionate world for generations to come."


Raising pigs on a family farm means all hands on deck.

That means chores, of course, but also taking time for snuggles and treats from the apple tree. 



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