Corva Bella Farm is a Mother and Son team on a sustainable journey of heritage breeds, heirloom seeds and bringing ethically raised Kunekune and Meishan pork and locally grown heirloom produce to our community.
Our sustainable small farm is located in Oconee County, in South Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge mountains: an area known as the “Golden Corner”.
Heritage Breeds are our focus at Corva Bella. These are the breeds of yesteryear. Hardy, purposeful animals of historical significance, which represent links to our collective ancestral farms and foods. Heritage Pastured and Forested pigs are our main focus, in our Kunekune and Meishan herds. Through both of these time-honored breeds, we work to instill strong genetics, hardiness, and true heritage hallmarks of self sustainability while balancing form with function. We give careful attention to breed standards while selectively breeding for distinctiveness.
Our most exceptional animals are available as registered breeding stock, and we maintain a herd specifically for our naturally reared pork. Both Kunekune and Meishan pigs produce marvelous niche pork- deeply red and richly marbled. This is when a pork chop becomes a delectable delicacy, and a roast becomes an experience. The meat of both breeds is excellent for charcuterie and salumi.
The name Corva Bella is a nod to my Grandparents and my Italian ancestry- my Grandfather was born in Corva, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. Corva is a tiny hamlet of Azzano Decimo, located in the province of Pordenone. The rich, fertile Meduna River valley marks this region in the most Northeastern province of Italy, an area famous for prosecco, polenta, gnocchi, and prosciutto. This land is dedicated to the farming of corn and fruit trees, as far as the eye can see. Corvids are birds such as crows, ravens, and magpies, and I believe that is the origin of the town name, as “corvo” is Italian for crow. In an area where the main crop is corn, I’m sure they are frequent visitors!
My Grandfather was an avid gardener. He grew yearly acres of corn, and the biggest heirloom tomatoes I’d ever seen. My Grandmother had a large organic garden that I helped her with. She taught me all about gardening, supplementing the soil, picking, pruning and preservation. We’d can and freeze vegetables, and make jellies, jams and pies with berries. These times were truly the best memories of my childhood.