3N1 Farm, owned and ran by Eli and Anne Martinez, is a small 5 acre family farm dedicated to producing pasture raised pork. Our farm is located just outside of Santa Fe in the Nambe Valley which is known for it’s rich soil, fertile pastures, and beautiful weather. In addition to our beloved pigs, our farm is home to chickens, ducks, and geese, horses, and our farm dogs.
Our “farming” history began in 2009 but back then we were really nothing more than hobbyists. We were eager to produce our own food, but we knew nothing about anything we were doing. (I still don’t own a book on how to raise chickens, and everything we have learned and accomplished has been by trial and error.)
In 2009 we started getting serious about producing as much food on our small plot of land as we could because we were anxious to get away from all of the processed food, inhumane livestock raising practices, and commercial production methods.
By autumn of that same year we bought our first goats, and in 2010 we got more goats, a large flock of chickens, and in 2012 we bought our foundation herd of pigs. For the next few years we raised and produced our own meats and as many vegetables as we could get to grow. We made many mistakes, and learned many things the hard way, but more importantly we learned to listen to the animals. In fact, the animals have been our biggest teachers, and they’ve taught us time and time again how NOT to do things.
Of our teachers the pigs are our favorites; they are remarkable animals and we love them all. Our first pig, Chloe, who we bought as a 4-H pig who didn’t make weight, is our farm mascot. She taught us that pigs are wonderfully gentle, social, and fun animals to own. They each have their own unique personalities, are calm, playful, have kind temperaments, and they actively seek out human interaction. Even the animals we raise for food have these wonderful attributes, and it’s hard not to fall in love with each and every one of them. Because emotional connections can be made processing day is never easy, but knowing our animals lived a fun, happy, healthy, and stress free life make it easier.
We take our job of providing all of our animals with the best possible life very seriously, and it’s the focus of our farm. After realizing that there was demand for what we were raising and how we were doing it we decided to turn our farm into a business, so in 2012 3N1 Farm was born. We vowed that we would continue to raise the breeds we’ve come to love. Since starting 3N1 Farm we’ve learned there is a vast difference between raising a few animals for your own family compared to raising them to sell. Regardless, we’ll never switch to commercial breeds, and we’ll never employ the use of confining portable tractors which are popular among so many farmers.
Instead, we’ve slowly learned to become more efficient and we are constantly adapting and changing our farming model based on the needs of our animals. I expect farming will be a lifelong learning process, but I’d like to think we have a good foundation built. Raising animals on our farm has been an extraordinary experience and both my husband and I love what we’re doing. Livestock farming isn’t easy; it’s emotionally trying at times, it’s year round work, and it’s hard physical labor. This isn’t a hobby – it’s a lifestyle, and there’s nothing glamorous about trudging through mud, mucking stalls, or working long hard hours in the rain and/or bitter cold.
However, the animals make it fun, and it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to sit down at the dinner table and know the food was produced from your own farm. At the end of the day knowing that the food we are eating is wholesome, pure, safe, and that the animals we raised lived a happy and healthy life is what drives us to raise our animals for our table and yours.