A tasty heritage
Hamthropology is a family owned farm run by husband and wife team Marc and Lydia Mousseau, both passionate about the Ossabaw Island Pig and dedicated to the preservation and propagation of this special, heritage breed. The farm has the largest, registered conservation herd of non-hybridized Ossabaw Island Pigs recognized by the Livestock Conservancy, not only in Georgia, but in the world. Their level of care and quality is unsurpassed and evident in the taste of this unique and special animal, Georgia’s Gem. Hamthropology has received special kudos and recognition from Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and twice has been invited to have its pork presented at the James Beard House in NYC. Our animals are raised natural and free range on our farm, Island Creek Preserve, an Artisanal Hoggery, located in Milledgeville, Georgia. Our goal is to have happy pigs!
Ossabaw Island Pigs are direct descendants of the famous Iberico pigs brought from Spain, allegedly on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus. Ossabaw Island Pigs were originally introduced in what is now Georgia in the early 1500’s, 180 years before Georgia became the 13th Colony of what would become the United States of America.
Our mission is to keep our bloodline pure which remains successful through selective breeding of purebred animals. Over the past decade there have been a small handful of Ossabaw Island Pig farmers using this selective breeding to improve the breed without hybridizing. The specific characteristics we breed for are size, meat quality, temperament and litter size. This premium bloodline produces only a few hundred animals nationwide annually. Therefore, supply is limited. We monitor our herds closely but allow this natural genetic selection, which is one of the aspects that makes them so special, to dictate future breeding stock.
Our Ossabaw Island Pigs enjoy a diet of non-GMO feed, ample natural forage and natural, non-GMO sustainable supplemental feeds, all provided in the correct ratios to ensure a balanced diet. Their natural forage consists of rootings, vegetation, soft mast (muscadines, scuppernongs, fruits) and seasonal hard mast (acorns, etc) to round out their diet.
We make our trademarked ‘Registered Ossabaw Island Pork’ available to fine restaurants and charcuteries, primarily in the Atlanta area. We also have a limited supply of restaurant quality meat, when available, to the general public. Availability is determined once our chef’s weekly requirements are determined. To get on the notification e-mail list, please Contact Us!
We invite you to take the opportunity to enjoy this scrumptious and historical pork at one of our fine Atlanta restaurants. Please visit our Hamthropology Facebook Page for updates on where our pork is being served.