• Sweet chestnuts are one of the secrets behind Josh Hill's homegrown cured-meats business, Poaka

    6 days ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    It's no wonder Josh Hill's pigs produce melt-in-the-mouth cured meats, feasting as they do on a diet of Canterbury sunshine and homegrown chestnuts.
    Words: Nicole Barratt Photos: Kirsty Middleton
    Josh Hill's parents weren't sure what to say when their son arrived home from a trip to Gore with an out-of-the-blue plan to raise pigs. Josh explained that he wanted them to be free to wander the family farm, free to munch on hectares of sweet chestnut trees. Although not quite as enamoured at the idea of 100-kilogramme heritage porkers roaming the property, Mum and Dad gave Josh the go-ahead to...
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