Monday, November 3, 2014

Pigs Go Down the Road

Piglets upon arrival
We raise pork.  This is a great compliment to our produce.  Pigs like culled vegetables like the lower leaves from a cabbage.  They live to dig, and Ken plans their pig project each year - clearing a fence line, or clearing weeds along a fence, digging up new garden space or renovating garden space.

Renovating a portion of garden
Ken grazes them sequentially; once they dig up a space, Ken moves the fence so they get a new area.  This year he decided to renovate portions of the garden.  It was disconcerting at first as I thought they were in with the crops.

Late summer
Around election day in November they are large and our cull supply is less.  It is time for them to go.  They are slaughtered on farm to reduce stress and we compost the viscera instead of adding it to some waste stream.  

People tell us our pork is great.  Well, they had a job, a good life, good food and good care.  We appreciate their work to help this farm and we waste as little as possible and are grateful to them for their sustenance.

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