We are Richard & Liz Pomeroy, who from 2008 to 2012 raised heritage breed, pasture raised Large Black hogs. We built up one of the premier herds in the USA with the most lines & sold our pigs all over the USA. We had the pleasure of meeting so many great people who, like us, realize that the Large Blacks truly are one of the greatest pastured pigs available.
At this time, life is moving us to New Zealand where we look forward to a new adventure in a new land. Not quite sure what we will get involved in over there but if you want to follow along with us please feel free to read our blog.
We have been blessed with five children ranging from 24 to 3, a daughter-in-law and two adorable granddaughters! We met at the ages of 15 & 16 & have been married since 1987. Our two eldest children are biological, the younger three are adopted. At this time we are waiting to adopt again, looking forward to welcoming a new child into our home before we make the move to NZ.
Why the name "Cornish Heritage?" We are both originally from the county of Cornwall, England which is in the far south west of the country - that little peninsula where you are never very far from the ocean. We emigrated to the USA in 1997 on our 10th wedding anniversary. Yes one we will never forget! In all honesty the first two weeks we were here we wondered what in the world had hit us & what we had done BUT we have never looked back & God has richly blessed our time here.
When we first arrived on the east coast we spent our first few years in the fast lane. Richard was working for a very well known company in Washington DC. After 4 years we had had enough - we were losing our kids emotionally & we all knew it was time to get out. We started homeschooling & then moved to the mountains of West Virginia where we regrouped as a family, but we knew WV would never be home. We enjoyed our two years there & started living the homestead life. Liz was/is a country gal. In fact Liz's relatives still farm big dairy herds back in England. Richard, however was a city guy & so the lifestyle took him a little longer to adjust to. Neither of us would change it now though :) From WV we moved to the wide open spaces of Montana, Big Sky Country, where the scenery was incredible, population low and the winters so frigid you had to be hardy to survive! LOL! We spent 7 wonderful years there during which time we learned an incredible amount about farming including how to raise heritage hogs. However in early 2009 we began to feel it was time to move on. Where to go? After printing out a map of the USA with all the states on & gradually crossing out the ones that were not homeschooling or adoption friendly we really felt drawn to Missouri. We did some research, started receiving some of the local newspapers down there & really felt drawn to the south. In August 2009 we took a trip & looked at many properties but only found 2 that we liked. One sold early on & looking back was definitely NOT the right place for us, the other one was still available when we finally sold the farm in MT in July 2010. September 2010 saw us on the road with quite the convoy, not only us & the children but also dogs, over 50 pigs & piglets, chickens, geese and turkeys. This beautiful Ozark farm has been a wonderful home for us but now we are looking forward to seeing what God has planned for us in New Zealand.
Whilst here in Missouri, farming has been our business/life. Many folks "get into" heritage breeds & farming once they retire which is fantastic but we took the "leap" long before that! Even though we have now sold all our breeding stock in preparation for our move, we still aim to live as simply as we can without forgoing some of today's modern conveniences (computers, tractor etc). We raise all our own meat here & do our own butchering (apart from beef which is too big for us to handle) so that we can cut it the way we want. Most of our cooking is from scratch using wholesome organic/natural products & we enjoy entertaining. The kids work alongside us learning all aspects of farming life.
This website was created to not only sell great pigs & promote this wonderful rare breed but also to help edcuate you so that you make an informed choice on the pigs you want on your farm. We have put a lot of info on our FAQ page but if you do not see your answer there, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are leaving this website up as a courtesy to our customers & also to those of you who may be looking into purchasing the Large Blacks in the future & want to learn more about them.
Richard, Liz & crew