Pigs on Pasture

Happy Berkshire and Mangalica enjoying the cover crop of beans, peas, oats and vetch growing under old growth walnuts.

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Mangalica Pigs Frolic in Cover Crop at Csarda Haz

Csarda Haz Mangalica pigs love to frolic in the cover crop of peas and vetch. The cover crop provides recreation for the pigs as well as additional minerals and nutrients to their organic diet. All Csarda Haz pigs are pasture-raised and the pigs are content and very healthy. Pasture-raising of pigs has benefits beyond its obvious humane treatment of these hardy farm animals. Pasture-raising is also very healthy for the pigs, providing clean air, exercise and an enjoyable existence.

Watch these videos and see for yourself the great life these pigs enjoy….hog heaven!

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Mangalica Pigs Love Grazing Pasture Grasses

The Mangalica pigs at the Csarda Haz have a sweet life. They are all pastured raised and walk around freely on our farm. Here is a video of Kinga, one of our prized pure breed sows, enjoying a salad of fresh greens.

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Mangalica Sows Thrive on Pasture

Here at Csarda Haz Farms all our Mangalica sows have access to plenty of pasture. Our sows also have a high litter size. One of our sows, Kinga, has had litters of 13, 12 and 11 piglets. Kinga may be the most prolific Mangalica sow in the country. Kinga is the daughter of a prize boar named Franz from Iowa.

Pasture-raised Mangalica Sow

Pastured-raised hogs was the preferred and standard method of swine husbandry in the US up until as late as about 1970. The benefits of pasture to the animals is quite easy to see. The pigs are healthy and happy roaming around eating greens and rooting for walnuts.

George with Mangalica piglet

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Climate Friendly Food Production at Csarda Haz

Csarda Haz Farms food production methods are climate friendly. A unique form of ecological agroforestry is practiced at Csarda Haz Farms which facilitates this process. Our large, old growth English walnut trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere thus helping to mitigate climate change. Plus our cover cropping (also known as ‘Green Manure’) with legume and grass mixtures increases our soils organic matter, microorganisms, and moisture holding capacity – all of which increases the ability of our soil to hold or sequester carbon.

Old Growth English Walnuts at Csarda Haz Farms

Old Growth English Walnuts at Csarda Haz Farms

Also our ecological agroforestry practices provide shade for our Mangalica pigs as well as promoting habitats for animals and beneficial insects, including as crop pollinating bees. Our Mangalica pigs are rotated through a series of cover cropped pastures under our old growth walnut orchard. Hogs roam freely and enjoy eating the various cover crops, including clovers, grasses, alfalfa and peas. Our pigs are indeed very happy pigs. Watch for yourself videos of our pastured-raised pigs.

Brief set of three videos showing our pastured raised Wooly or Mangalica pigs at Csarda Haz Farm grazing on walnuts after harvest. Our pigs really enjoy foraging for walnuts. Lots of delicious protein in the walnuts. In the last video you can hear the pigs cracking the walnuts as they eat them.

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Weed Control By Mangalica Pigs


Our Mangalitsa pigs consume a wide variety of vegetation. Pigs are amazing animals and their talents in weed control are severly under-utilized in this capcity as demostrated by these short videos.

Pigs possess a digestive tract similar to humans so they enjoy all kinds of foods. These three very short 30 second videos show how Mangalicas love to eat Johnson Grass and Curly Dock, two common weeds in the California Central Valley, where the Csarda Haz is located.

Mangalicas Eating Curly Dock

Mangalicas Eating Johnson Grass Part One

Mangalicas Eating Johnson Grass Part Two
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Csarda Haz Farms Provides Pasture-Raised Mangalica Pork for Hungarian Dinner at Bar Tartine

On September 10, 2012, Chefs Nicolaus and Courtney of Bar Tartine hosted a fantastic dinner featuring all authentic Hungarian cuisine. Csarda Haz Farms provided the Mangalica pork which Nick and Courtney used to create a number of their delicious Hungarian dishes, including töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage), Uborkasalátá (cucumber salad), and Cseresznye leves (cherry soup). In attendance were a large number of San Francisco and Bay Area Hungarian community members who enjoyed the food, wine, and warm atmosphere. Before the meal was served George House of Csarda Haz Farms and Toby Hastings of Free Spirit Farms spoke about their pastured-raised pigs and organic methods of farming respectively.

Chef Nicholas  Balla at Bar Tartine

Chef Nicholas at Bar Tartine

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Welcome to the Csarda Haz!

In this first blog we introduce our Csarda Haz.  Csarda is a Hungarian word meaning ‘inn’ -specifically a country inn.   Traditional Hungarian ‘csardas’ are rustic country inns providing hearty food and restful lodging for travelers.  Historically csardas were a favorite hangout for the legedary betyars or  Robin Hood-like, Hungarian outlaws.  Translated into English ‘Csarda Haz’ means ‘House Inn’ or ‘Inn of the Houses’ – a play on words of our family name.

In addition to its traditional role as an inn, our Csarda Haz will operate as a bed & breakfast, mini-conference center, retreat/spa, and agritourism destination.  Guests of the Csarda Haz will be able to experience traditional agricultural practices and methods and eventually grow into a living museum.   Guides in traditional costume will perform and teach traditional agricultural practices – farming in the ‘old days’ and ‘old ways’.

Csarda Haz village buildings will be constructed of wood and stone in the style of a old Central European agricultural village or hamlet.  The Csarda Haz village or hamlet will be built entirely within and surrounded by 25 acres of old-growth walnuts, allowing guests and visitors to enjoy themselves in a relaxing, park-like environment.

The Csarda Haz village will have a main hall with a commercial kitchen for food preparation, cooking, baking, and brewing.  Fresh bread will be baked daily in wood-fired brick ovens.  The main Csarda Haz hall will also include a large dining and meeting area.  The main hall will be surrounded by several, separate bungalow style cabins with full bathrooms.   Within the Csarda Haz village retreat and spa facilities, including a message room, jacuzzi, and sauna will also be available.  Small conference groups of up to 24 people will be accommodated.

Csarda Haz will differentiate itself from other similar businesses in the area by virtue of its unique agricultural tourism facilities, location near Davis, offering traditional agricultural classes, and its relaxing park environment.  Guests will enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and experience farm animals, orchards, vineyards, flower, herb, and vegetable gardens first-hand – all within a relaxed, health, organic, park-like, old-world ambiance and environment.  Experienced guides will explain the operation and function of each traditional farming method.  Csarda Haz will offer agricultural education through enrollment in revenue-generating agricultural workshops and classes taught by well-known specialists.

The Csarda Haz farm is located on County Road 95A, situated 5 miles from Davis and less that 100 yards from the painted Steveson Bridge, a well-recognized Yolo County landmark.   As Csarda Haz is situated on a stretch of County Road 95A utilized daily by hundreds of bicyclists and will be able to stop for refreshment, repair their bicycles at our facilities, take a shower and relax in shaded rest areas.  Bicyclists will also have access to the spa facilities.

Csarda Haz will also offer unique facilities for horse owners.  Csarda Haz will be able to accommodate and board a small number of horses as well as the supporting trailers, trucks and RV’s of the guests.

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