Glen Oakes Piggery


Glen Oaks farm is nestled in the Hemel-En-Aarde Valley and is a truly pasture reared pig farm. The young female pigs (Gilts) are crossbreeds of the Large White and Landrace pig. They are crossbred with the resident Duroc boar on the farm.

Every animal should know the love of their mother. Charlie and Julie Crowther from Glen Oakes are farmers that make this possible. Glen Oakes’ sows and piglets can nuzzle one another, go for walks on pasture together and socialise with one another. Charlie says that the mother changes her voice when the piglets walk past her face and studies have shown that mothers’ even sing to their piglets.

Since there are no sow (mother pig) or farrowing (weaning period) crates,  the sows are able to express their mothering instincts, by being provided with the space that they require to show love to their piglets. The little pigs get to keep their tails, teeth and testicles too.



The majority of sows in South Africa never get to nuzzle and care for their piglets. They can’t even push their snouts through the sow or farrowing crate railings to sniff their piglets.

Glen Oakes supplies a few select chefs and charcuterie producers, to find out where to purchase Glen Oakes produce you can email

Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity ( “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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