Woody's Free Range Farm was born in 2013, after several years of dreaming and planning by its founder Daniel Todd. Daniel hails from Peterborough, UK. He moved to Australia in 2005 and then onto to New Zealand in 2013. After 17 years working for a Consumer Electronics company Daniel developed a curiosity for pig farming, and in particular the ethical farming of rare breed pigs. And so the journey began.
Together with his wife Claire and dog Woody (the farm's namesake), neither of whom have any farming experience, Daniel moved to an 80 acre farm in Manakau, just south of Levin, and began raising Large Black and Berkshire pigs.
The picturesque property is situated at the foothills of the Tararua ranges, against a backdrop of pine forest and native bush, with the Waikawa stream running through it. It is a property that struck their imagination as the perfect place to raise pigs and perhaps to eventually host events and courses.