origin of "kyer" [KYE-er]: The farm is named after Mike's paternal grandmother's family, the Kyers, who bought the land in 1930. Tom Kyer was a dairy farmer back when you could make a living by hand-milking a herd of 10 cows. He retired in the 1960s, and the land was variably utilized by neighbors until Mike and Aila moved back to start their own farm.
Kyer Farm is a small-scale pastured pork operation located in New York's Battenkill
River Valley. We breed and raise heritage pigs on pasture, using rotational-grazing methods to maintain both the health of the pigs, as well as the health of the land.
come visit us and meet the pigs!
We would love to give you a tour of the farm if you're ever passing through the area. Please send us a message in the box below to arrange a time to stop by.
how it began: Mike West cooked in Boston fine-dining restaurants for eight years. He became interested in learning more about where food came from, and in 2012, moved to White Creek, NY with his wife, Aila, and bought his first five pigs (Britney, Randall, Lardo, Laramie, and Brent). Through the help of neighboring farmers, the internet, and the ability to learn from his mistakes, Mike became a pig farmer.