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Local Cooling Farms (i.e. the opposite of Global Warming) is our 14.5 acre farm in Rio, Louisiana. At Laughing Buddha, we encourage our customers to experiment with growing and brewing their own food and drink.

At the farm, we’re taking the agriculture practices we believe in to a larger scale. Our farm model is centered on maximizing natural nutrient cycling, rotational grazing methods and composting to:

We raise American Guinea and Berkshire hogs, along with a variety of heritage breed chickens for eggs, and Cornish Rock broilers for meat. We also have a herd of breeding goats and a breeding flock of Jersey Giant chickens (so if you’re interested in fertilized eggs, chicks or pullets, please let us know).

You can buy our pork, chicken and eggs at Laughing Buddha Nursery, or email or call Kate to arrange delivery (minimum order $20). You can also order through Abita Fresh, an online farmer’s market.


How to Buy

Our pork is currently available for purchase 6 days a week at the shop. If you want a specific cut, call first to ensure we have it in stock.
Abita Fresh, an online’s farmer’s market, sells many cuts of our pork. This is particularly convenient if you want to bundle your pork purchase with produce from fellow Northshore farmers.
We can deliver to you in the greater New Orleans area (including the Northshore) if you order $20 or more. Call us to arrange!

Curing bacon at home

December 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Curing bacon at home

Farmer Grant explains how easy it is to cure your own bacon. We will be cold smoking this pork belly after curing for two weeks, but if you don't have access to a smoker, [...]

Eggs and Sausage for Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Eggs and Sausage for Thanksgiving!

Our Jersey Giant flock of chickens free ranges on pasture, moving to a new section every few days (following in the wake of our herd of goats -- who mow down the plants [...]

Forest-Finished Whole and Half Hog Orders

November 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Forest-Finished Whole and Half Hog Orders

We're taking orders for our heritage pork, particularly whole and half hogs. As hurricane season comes to a close and the holidays approach, this is a great time to stock your freezer with [...]

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Abita Fresh at LBN on Wednesday afternoons

July 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Abita Fresh at LBN on Wednesday afternoons

Abita Fresh & Abita Grows will be set up at Laughing Buddha from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons. You can order from the online farmer's market, AbitaFresh.com, and pick up your order at the [...]